Highway 154 Closed Near San Antonio Creek Road Due To Roadway Cracking

Cracks in Highway 154 forced Caltrans to close the roadway in both directions (courtesy)
Cracks in Highway 154 forced Caltrans to close the roadway in both directions (courtesy)

Highway 154 Remains Closed From San Antonio Creek Road To Painted Cave Road Due To Roadway Cracking – Drilling Operation Now Underway

Update by Caltrans
June 23, 2024

Highway 154 remains closed this evening in both directions from San Antonio Creek Road to Painted Cave Road due to roadway cracking extending across all traffic lanes. Only residents can travel through this closed section of highway.

Travelers and commuters can still travel on Highway 154 from State Route 192 in Santa Barbara and from US 101 and State Route 246 but will be unable to pass through the hard closure.

A drilling operation is now underway to support the roadway at this location which includes a slip-out in addition to the roadway cracking. This location is part of an ongoing emergency project to repair the slip-out when the roadway cracking was discovered.

This repair operation includes two 12-hour shifts from 7 am to 7 pm. It is unknown when Highway 154 will be fully open. The primary detour during this closure is US 101 and State Route 246.


Highway 154 Closed at San Antonia Creek Road

By Caltrans
June 22, 2024

Caltrans has implemented a full closure of Highway 154 in both directions from State Route 192 in Santa Barbara to the Hwy 154/246 Roundabout in Santa Ynez due to pavement cracking extending across all traffic lanes.

These cracks are more than one foot deep with several inches of differential observed at the surface.

Residents will be able to access the closed section of Hwy. 154, but will not be able to travel through the damaged section of roadway.  The primary detour during this closure is US 101 and State Route 246.

Cracks in Highway 154 forced Caltrans to close the roadway in both directions (courtesy)
Cracks in Highway 154 forced Caltrans to close the roadway in both directions (courtesy)

CalPortland Construction is the primary contractor in this work zone. A specialized contractor (Drilltech) is expected to be on-site this evening. It is not known how long this section of highway will remain closed.

This location is part of an ongoing emergency project to repair a slip-out. The additional roadway cracking was observed within this existing work zone on Friday, June 21.

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  1. Ummm, you don’t have to be a ROAD ENGINEER to see WHY this happened… Cal Trans /Contractors have removed most ALL of the hillside where the road is collapsing. Let me say that again, they REMOVED the soil, dirt and rocks underneath the sidecut hill… THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE! HEADS SHOULD ROLL…! (For reference, look at the Noozhawk story with the photo by Peter Hartmann)

    • Please don’t to try to lay blame here. Arm chair if you must! If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.
      From my recliner…. The culvert failed up the road in the curve. The soil got super saturated with our recent wet winters. The soils are mix of clays and sand. Sand brings water and clay soils expand with it. This road way was built on what we now know as not good technique to build a clay filled slope. We did not know better back then and the arm chair specialists were clamoring why can’t they get off there asses and get this road built we need it for our national defense. If you know anything this is a classic rotation of a clay slope expanding and contracting under the force of gravity. We all are to blame. These are our monkeys and this is our circus

  2. My issue is more with the communication. It took me two hours on the 101 this morning to commute. I get that stuff happens but when you try to look up what road conditions are realtime it is a joke. It seems like in this day and age in technology they could update close roads/conditions real time

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