Highway 101 is Now Open

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(Photos by Mike Eliason/ SBCFD and Caltrans)

Update by edhat staff
12:15 p.m., Sunday, January 21, 2018

Caltrans posted on their Twitter page that as of noon, Highway 101 is fully open in both directions. 

Officials emphasize the need to be alert to continuing truck traffic and the ongoing presence of heavy equipment. To ensure safety during recovery operations, which require more than 200 large trucks merging on and off the highway, drivers are asked to exercise extreme caution. Traffic on Highway 101 is expected to move slowly in both directions. Motorists should be prepared to travel at slower speeds than normal. It is important that everyone be patient and courteous to their fellow drivers.

Drivers are urged to maintain safe following distances and allow extra time to reach their destination.  Motorists are encouraged to travel Hwy 101 at non-peak commute times or avoid Monday if possible. Commuters may carpool or use public transportation, including Amtrak (http://pacificsurfliner.com/Service-Alert/), until traffic patterns return to normal.

CHP announces the below road closures are still in effect:

US-101 CLOSURES

  • US-101 N/B AT SHEFFIELD DR OFF-RAMP
  • US-101 N/B AT SAN YSIDRO RD OFF-RAMP
  • US-101 N/B AT OLIVE MILL RD OFF-RAMP
  • US-101 N/B AT HERMOSILLO RD OFF-RAMP
  • EVANS AVE ON-RAMP TO US 101 N/B
  • US-101 S/B AT SAN YSIDRO RD OFF-RAMP
  • US-101 S/B AT OLIVE MILL RD OFF-RAMP
  • US-101 S/B AT SHEFFIELD DR OFF-RAMP

 

SURFACE STREET CLOSURES

  • SANTA CLAUS LANE AT S. PADARO LANE
  • SR-192 AT LOWER TORO CANYON
  • SR-192 AT ORTEGA RIDGE RD
  • SR-192 AT SHEFFIELD DRIVE
  • ORTEGA HILL ROAD AT ORTEGA RIDGE ROAD
  • SHEFFIELD DRIVE AT ORTEGA HILL ROAD
  • SR-192 AT SAN YSIDRO ROAD
  • SAN YSIDRO ROAD AT N. JAMESON LANE
  • OLIVE MILL ROAD AT N. JAMESON LANE
  • OLIVE MILL ROAD AT SAN BENITO WAY
  • HOT SPRINGS RD AT OAK RD.
  • SR-192 AT HOT SPRINGS ROAD
  • SR-192 AT SYCAMORE CANYON ROAD
  • HOT SPRINGS AT MIDDLE ROAD

 


Update by edhat staff
11:35 a.m., Friday, January 19, 2018

Caltrans announced Friday morning on KEYT News they expect to have Highway 101 open by Monday, January 22. 

Mike Eliason Photo


Update by edhat staff
6:00 p.m., Friday, January 12, 2018

Highway 101 will not be re-opening on Monday and it's unknown when the road will be clear, reports California Highway Patrol during a press conference on Friday evening.

While Highway 101 in Montecito will remain fully closed to any through traffic, Caltrans has opened a segment of the southbound lanes of Highway 101 south of Summerland at Padaro Lane to assist with traffic management and emergency vehicle access during this crisis.

Northbound lanes remain closed at Highway 150 near Carpinteria, still allowing for access to Carpinteria on Via Real and Carpinteria Avenue. 

While crews are working on an alternate route, the current estimate for a full opening of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County is unknown. 


Update by Caltrans as of 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Both directions of US 101 remain closed from the junction of State Route 150 to Milpas Street in Santa Barbara County due to mudslides. All through traffic is advised to use State Route 126 to I-5 as an alternate route. Local traffic can get into Carpinteria from the south if they exit at State Route 150, but cannot get to Santa Barbara.

Water, mud and debris continue to move, hampering Caltrans progress in clearing US 101. The creeks and exit paths for water are clogged due to downstream blockages and much of the water is not dissipating and receding as hoped. Additionally, the US 101 area remains a disaster rescue and recovery zone.

“We are working with other agencies to remove blockages and restore US Highway 101. We are also coordinating with agencies to aid in rescues and provide a pathway through”, stated Sara von Schwind, Caltrans District 5 Deputy District Director of Maintenance and Operations.

Our current estimate for opening U.S. 101 is midday on Monday, January 15, 2018.

Road Closures as of 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Officials are advising residents to stay off the roads, especially Highway 101 and any roads in Montecito. Highway 101 is closed from Montecito to Ventura. 

Santa Barbara County

  • Highway 101 at South Sheffield
  • 200 block of Olive Mill Road
  • Wallace Ave at Evans Road
  • Highway 101 South at Hot Springs Road
  • Highway 101 south at Milpas
  • SR-150 Carpinteria to Lake Casitas
  • SR192 at Cold Springs, Ashley, Oak Springs, Meadow Wood, Parra Grande, Camino Viejo, Hot Springs, San Ysidro, Park Lane, Buena Vista, Lilac, Sheffield, Ortega Ridge, Toro Canyon, Nidever, Cravens, Santa Monica, Gobernador, Ladera Lane
  • SR-154 at Stagecoach Road
  • Gibraltar Road
 
Now Open- Santa Barbara
  • Mission Canyon is now open
  • SR-150 at SR-192 is now open
 
Detailed road closures available at countyofsb.org
 

Ventura County

  • Highway 101 North at SR-126
  • Highway 101 North at Seacliff
  • 4656 Valentine Road
  • SR-33 at Fairview Road
  • Nye Road at SR-33
  • SR-33 to Matilija Road
  • Rice Road to Meyer Road
  • La Conchita
 
Now Open - Ventura
  • SR-150 at Santa Ana Road is now open
 
Video by Mike Eliason: "The US 101 Freeway at the Olive Mill Road overpass flooded with runoff water from Montecito Creek."

Update by Ventura County at 7:45 a.m.

With this closure, along with the closure of northbound US 101 at S/R 126, and closure of the southbound US 101 in Montecito, motorists are advised to avoid the area entirely. There is no viable route to get from Ventura or the Ojai Valley to the Santa Barbara area at this time. There is no ETA for the reopening of the highways.  

Update by Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

Santa Barbara County residents are urged to STAY OFF OF THE ROADS to allow emergency operations to take place in areas impacted by the storm. Take protective actions to stay safe which may include sheltering-in-place or seeking high ground, avoiding power lines and trees, staying off roads and highways, and do not attempt to drive across flowing water or mud. Thank you.

Motorists traveling US 101 northbound will be diverted onto eastbound S/R 126 to Interstate 5 north. 

There is no ETA for reopening of the highway. Avoid the area. 

Hwy 101 northbound is shutdown at Seacliff due to flooding in the La Conchita area. CHP and Caltrans are working to close the highway at S/R 126. Motorists traveling northbound should avoid the area and use eastbound S/R 126 to Interstate 5 as an alternate route.
 

Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy

Traffic is traveling northbound in the southbound lane on Highway 101 near the Montecito at Olive Mill area due to flooding. Highway 101 could be shut down.

Reports of a semi-truck stuck in the mud in this area.

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a-1516593780 Jan 20, 2018 05:31 PM
Highway 101 is Now Open

But this doesn't mean that some people who are still 'in prison' can get out. Can some one please tell me who to contact to get rid of a vehicle which landed on my property due to the awful disaster? Thanks!

Roger Jan 13, 2018 09:13 AM
Highway 101 is Now Open

Looks like the same Pie Hole Troll who made fun of the storm before the disaster...

a-1516593780 Jan 12, 2018 08:48 PM
Highway 101 is Now Open

Another armchair genius with no domain experience or first-hand knowledge of the subject. What's your proposal for a better approach?

a-1516593780 Jan 11, 2018 10:45 AM
Highway 101 is Now Open

I'm still receiving my L.A. Times newspaper and mail from the L.A. area. How are these being delivered if the 101 is shut down?

a-1516593780 Jan 10, 2018 08:59 PM
Highway 101 is Now Open

We are/were supposed to be on the Amtrak to LA tomorrow leaving SB @ 9:27 am, Thursday and just receive a text & phone message that there will be NO TRAINS tomorrow.

Roger Jan 11, 2018 07:44 AM
Highway 101 is Now Open

I hear them talking on the scanner they might not be transporting but I just heard an Amtrak engineer say they are running late but they would be there then I heard them say Santa Barbara...I have the Amtrak freq. on one of my scanners...

420722 Jan 10, 2018 05:45 PM
Highway 101 is Now Open

I heard (on the radio) that Amtrak to and from carp will be available starting tomorrow, can anyone confirm or have additional info?

Roger Jan 11, 2018 11:13 AM
Highway 101 is Now Open

Just heard them gibber gabbing a minute ago they like to talk...

420722 Jan 11, 2018 09:45 AM
Highway 101 is Now Open

Thanks roger I tried to buy a ticket but they were all sold out so I guess they ARE running!

tagdes Jan 11, 2018 08:45 AM
Highway 101 is Now Open

First Surfliner on normal schedule #768 to Goleta will leave LA at 9:55 am and additional ones will be started on schedule.

a-1516593780 Jan 11, 2018 08:28 AM
Highway 101 is Now Open

Amtrack status for the Pacific Surfliner trains is updated frequently on this twitter: https://twitter.com/pacsurfliners SERVICE UPDATE: Tracks are now open btwn #Oxnard & #SantaBarbara. @PacSurfliners service recovery/restoration are currently underway. More information to follow. 7:55 AM - 11 Jan 2018

Roger Jan 10, 2018 07:42 PM
Highway 101 is Now Open

I heard a train on the tracks blowing it's horn sounded like it was going South slowly I live right near Milpas at the tracks...Around 6ish pm.

a-1516593780 Jan 09, 2018 04:55 PM
Highway 101 is Now Open

Is there any way to travel from SB to Ventura right now via 101 or other roads? Any idea when 101 north & south will be open?

tagdes Jan 10, 2018 02:51 PM
Highway 101 is Now Open

Correction, as our man in black said, $32 on Condor which would be well worth the difference if the galley is open versus the nuked stuff on Island Packers.

tagdes Jan 10, 2018 12:45 PM
Highway 101 is Now Open

It's Condor Express $35 one way or Island Packers $28 one way. With calm seas worth the extra $7 for a faster boat. And the times look to several being sold out. Double Dolphin could sail you down just in time to turn around and sail back before dark.

a-1516593780 Jan 09, 2018 09:12 PM
Highway 101 is Now Open

When I heard that Air Bus, Island Packers, a flight company (Signature?) and was it Double Dolphin/Sailing Center? Well, that pushed me into a happy cry. THANKS! Seems they may be concentrating on Cottage Hospital employees first, easier to organize and so very important.

a-1516593780 Jan 09, 2018 09:12 PM
Highway 101 is Now Open

When I heard that Air Bus, Island Packers, a flight company (Signature?) and was it Double Dolphin/Sailing Center? Well, that pushed me into a happy cry. THANKS! Seems they may be concentrating on Cottage Hospital employees first, easier to organize and so very important.

Sundance Jan 09, 2018 07:46 PM
Highway 101 is Now Open

Condor Express offering free (?) boat rides back and forth

a-1516593780 Jan 09, 2018 01:07 PM
Highway 101 is Now Open

You have to read a lot. It's heart-rending but a fascinating picture of emergency ops. Fire was patrolling, then this at 4:04 a.m. WILL HAVE TO SHUT DOWN 101 HEAVY METAL DEBRIS ABOUT TO OVERTAKE FREEWAY // 401 SB MILPAS // E6 NB SAN Y

a-1516593780 Jan 09, 2018 01:06 PM
Highway 101 is Now Open

Current info on CHP page https://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx

SBZZ Jan 09, 2018 09:24 AM
Highway 101 is Now Open

I believe 101 is closed southbound at Milpas and northbound at highway 33 in Ventura.

tagdes Jan 09, 2018 09:33 AM
Highway 101 is Now Open

Correct for Milpas S-Bnd but N-Bnd is closed at Hwy 126 according to Calrans at 9:29 am.

Roger Jan 09, 2018 06:51 AM
Highway 101 is Now Open

A lot of roads closed in the area due to flooding and debris all over the place check CHP Website for UPdates and the TV News.

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