Las Positas Multi-Use Path Update

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Contractor places steel rebars to construct the concrete barrier along Las Positas Road (courtesy photo)
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Source: City of Santa Barbara

The Las Positas and Modoc Roads Multiuse Path Project (Project) provides a 2.6 mile-long separated pathway for bicyclists, runners, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities along Las Positas and Modoc Roads. This path provides critical local and regional connections. Construction began in late September 2020, with an estimated 18-month construction duration, which also includes the planting of replacement trees and landscaping.

The City’s contractor, Rasmussen, is continuing to work on the steel rebar and wall forms for the concrete barriers along Las Positas Road. The barrier rail improvements will separate the multiuse path from vehicular traffic, providing safety benefits for all trail users. Rasmussen has also began working on the box culvert along Las Positas Road, which is needed in order to construct the trail over two existing 36-inch storm drain pipe outlets (see photos here).

On Monday, June 21st, the Waterline Replacement Project along Modoc Road will resume construction on the pavement restoration work. Tierra’s subcontractor will perform limited asphalt grinding and overlay work over the waterline trench to restore the pavement per City standard requirements. The paving work will occur primarily between Tuesday, June 22 to Thursday, June 24, along Modoc Road from Calle De Los Amigos to approximately 800 feet East of Veronica Springs Road.

Traffic control and temporary striping changes to the Las Positas corridor between Modoc Road and Cliff Drive will continue to remain in place. The public is reminded that the speed limit is reduced to 35-mph, and traffic has shifted to allow enough buffer for construction work to occur safely. Drivers must temporarily share the road with cyclists and proceed cautiously within the Las Positas corridor during construction.

The City thanks the public for their continued cooperation and patience during construction of this important Vision Zero Project. For more information, please visit the Project website:

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PitMix Jun 22, 2021 01:03 PM
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18 months! Why do construction projects seem to take forever, nowadays? I don't think I'll see the 101 completed in my lifetime, and work on the Modoc bike/pedestrian path seems to have ground to a halt as well.

a-1624393309 Jun 22, 2021 01:21 PM
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Roads are never complete. They have a lifespan and scheduled maintenance every few years to make sure they last that whole lifespan. Construction will always be an ongoing thing in our built world.

sfgac055 Jun 22, 2021 02:04 PM
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I can't say if these factors are affecting this project specifically, but construction in general these days we are seeing a lot of material price increases, material shortages & backorders, and a labor shortage. Each of these can cause project delays/longer schedules.

a-1624397473 Jun 22, 2021 02:31 PM
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Yeah, when are they going to finish painting the Golden Gate Bridge? They've been doing it for something like 85 years now! Slacker contractors.

PitMix Jun 22, 2021 04:09 PM
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2:31, in your mind routine maintenance on the Bridge is the same as 3 small discrete projects involving pedestrian/bikeways and freeway widening? Maybe you are one of the contractors on the project, which would make a lot of sense.

a-1624393234 Jun 22, 2021 01:20 PM
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Too bad about that barrier rail, I didn't realize that was part of the project. Ugly as sin and, worst of all, get ready for a ton of small roadkill, they'll have nowhere to go. Bummer :/

Ahchooo Jun 22, 2021 03:01 PM
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That’s a good point. I hope there will be breaks in the barrier where critters can get through.

a-1624399864 Jun 22, 2021 03:11 PM
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Not to mention graffiti. I wish society wasn't so hell bent on protecting everyone from every danger, no matter how statistically small, no matter how ugly the "solution."

patrick Jun 22, 2021 03:20 PM
Las Positas Multi-Use Path Update

In looking at the photo, it appears there is a continuous top rail and continuous base, but intermittent posts connecting the two. Hopefully, that will allow some animals to hop through the barrier.

Chip of SB Jun 22, 2021 03:04 PM
Las Positas Multi-Use Path Update

If only they would build a barrier like that to ensure the passing vehicles can’t hit each other. The 154 could use one too.

a-1624400251 Jun 22, 2021 03:17 PM
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While I do hope there are breaks in the barrier for critters, as a runner and bicyclist who occasionally heads down Las Positas, I’ll appreciate the barrier. I don’t want to get killed by an errant van like that woman runner was a while back. As an alternative, I’d have accepted a reduced speed limit, to say 30 mph, instead of the barrier. Everyone claims to love the peaceful nature of SB, but they speed through it in a hurry to get home/to work.

a-1624402727 Jun 22, 2021 03:58 PM
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Do we REALLY need to ugly up the landscape and disrupt the environment with something that not only costs probably hundreds of thousands to construct, but also tens of thousands a year in graffiti cleanup, just to prevent one potential death every 20 years? I find it to be a knee-jerk design in a sue-happy world. I'm sure others disagree.

PitMix Jun 22, 2021 04:12 PM
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And they certainly have done a big enviro report on the project assessing all impacts. If they didn't address wildlife pathways, they really erred. What are the chances they overlooked that?

Bird Jun 22, 2021 06:38 PM
Las Positas Multi-Use Path Update

Spending all the money, taking all this time and there's NO consideration given for the wildlife???? This road bisects two areas rich in wildlife, Ehlings and Veronica Meadows! For shame! Deer, of course, can leap the barrier and very possibly get hit on Las Positas....

ChillinGrillin Jun 22, 2021 10:04 PM
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I'm confused by your comment. Las Positas already crosses the area. If anything the extra barrier will prevent animals from crossing the road from the creek to Elings and becoming roadkill.

Jence Jun 22, 2021 10:32 PM
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No, people that don't know how to navigate the road properly need to put the keys down.
This includes older folks and snow birds.

Jence Jun 22, 2021 10:26 PM
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So ridiculous.
Geez...Who thought up of this?
I would like to know who's idea this was.

bosco Jun 23, 2021 10:32 AM
Las Positas Multi-Use Path Update

The path is a great idea. People need to realize this not only saves lives, but increases the usage of these areas. I'd love to take my kids on a bike ride to Hendry's but there is no way I would do it without this kind of class 1 bike path.

But this path still leaves much of the areas unconnected. Why end on Modoc without connecting with the Coastal Trail to UCSB? Why end at the roundabout and not go all the way up Cliff or further down Modoc to connect with the West Side? These class 1 bike paths are great, but they need to be connected for there to be a real useful network that keeps bikes off the roads.

edney Jun 23, 2021 12:33 PM
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No way a fawn is getting through there, a coyote might fit unless its fat, fox jump well so maybe, bobcats easily
Not sure about raccoons opposum, skunks, roadrunners, tortoise, snakes

patrick Feb 06, 2022 02:47 PM
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Update: I ran on the new bike path today, and it is great. Much better than risking my life running on the shoulder of Las Positas.

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