Garden Street Ramp Closures for Fiesta Parade

Aerial photo of Castillo Street showing recently poured concrete now in the curing process. title=
Aerial photo of Castillo Street showing recently poured concrete now in the curing process.
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Source: Caltrans District 5

An emergency project to improve conditions on the US Highway 101 undercrossing at Castillo Street will result in the following ramp closure for the Old Spanish Days - Fiesta Parade on Friday, August 4.

The US Highway 101 on/off ramps at Garden Street will be closed in both directions from 12 noon until 4 pm on Friday, August 4.  Motorists planning to attend or participate in the parade should allow additional time to reach their destination.

  • Castillo Street remains closed from West Haley Street to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks until the end of August so the recently poured concrete slab to alleviate water at this location can fully cure.  Motor vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and horses are prohibited from using the Castillo Street Undercrossing until the concrete is fully cured.

  • The southbound on/off ramps to US Highway 101 at Castillo Street remain closed for the duration of this project. 

The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) has an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) bus stop for Lines 5 and 15x on eastbound Montecito Street at Bath Street for the duration of this project.

Caltrans has installed signs to direct motorists to the Santa Barbara Harbor area which is fully open during this project and during the special events this week. 

The contractor for this $1.5 million project is Security Paving of Sylmar, CA.  This project is expected to be completed by the end of August.  

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Santa Barbara County, residents may call the District 5 toll free number at 805-549-3318 or visit our website.

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Flicka Aug 02, 2017 09:12 AM
Garden Street Ramp Closures for Fiesta Parade

The horses and carriages always come down Castillo on their way back to Pershing Park or CC parking lot, where ever their horse trailers are parked. Since that is not possible this year, they have to come down Garden. Now, something to gripe about was when traffic was diverted from the highway so the parade could go up State (before the bridge). I think it was in the early 70s the Highway Patrol said, "No more."

tagdes Aug 01, 2017 09:04 PM
Garden Street Ramp Closures for Fiesta Parade

They are exempt because they can't place signs on State property. Giving notice today is the standard 72 hr. notice that is SOP for all government agencies. So no problem and for only 4 hours no biggie as everyone will at the parade. Just avoid the area and find a real problem to get all worried about.

ktnoodle1 Aug 02, 2017 01:40 PM
Garden Street Ramp Closures for Fiesta Parade

No, "everyone" won't be at the parade. Many of us work! And then get off of work at 4. Is this the end of the world? No. Is it incredibly annoying since those of use who live downtown already have to deal with the backup on Carrillo because of Castillo's closure? Yes. I CAN NOT imagine what it's going to be like trying to get home at 4 on a Friday afternoon with essentially 1 offramp to the greater downtown area. EEK.

Always_Running Aug 01, 2017 06:47 PM
Garden Street Ramp Closures for Fiesta Parade

Why is Old Spanish Days exempt from placing signage on the ramps notifying driving of a ramp being closed? CAL-TRANS will post signs months ahead?!? I professionally drive garden street numerous times a day and I haven't seen a single sign. I've noticed NO PARKING, but nothing about a road closure.

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