Highway 101 is Now Open
(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/
CHP announces the below road closures are still in effect:
- 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
— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 21, 2018
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.
#CAstorm- Caltrans and other workers continue their around-the-clock efforts Friday to clean-up and repair the damaged section of US 101 in Montecito that was closed following flooding on January 9. pic.twitter.com/hpFxcD2qIl
— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) January 19, 2018
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
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
- Mission Canyon is now open
- SR-150 at SR-192 is now open
- 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
- SR-150 at Santa Ana Road is now open
The US 101 Freeway at the Olive Mill Road overpass flooded with runoff water from Montecito Creek. pic.twitter.com/SjaSOgOFMm
— SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) January 9, 2018
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.