Montecito Afternoon Traffic

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Unusually slow/heavy traffic along East Valley Road and down San Ysidro and Hot Springs.

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PitMix Sep 17, 2021 03:25 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

Heavy traffic all of the way from Carpinteria to SB. Friday traffic is the worst!

Chip of SB Sep 17, 2021 03:35 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

It didn’t have to be this bad. The funding was set aside to widen the freeway years ago, but it never got done. North County had better leadership and was able to spend the funds to widen the bridge on the north end of Santa Maria. At least they are finally widening the freeway. Why does our freeway always have to be a couple decades behind?

a-1631918690 Sep 17, 2021 03:44 PM
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Because some loud Montecito NIMBYs shot it down when the funding was available 30 years ago. It's taken this long for it to come around again.

yacht rocked Sep 17, 2021 06:54 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

Those nice Montecito folks thirty years ago got to live out the rest of their lives without having to deal with freeway construction. Webster, another round please.

hz Sep 17, 2021 11:00 PM
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you can thank the good citizens of Montecito for fighting the freeway they get to suffer gridlock in their community...can't hide in that little bubble forever!

TimothyAndrew Sep 17, 2021 03:38 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

Time for Montecito to pony up a 3rd lane....Oprah...Can you help?

a-1631922953 Sep 17, 2021 04:55 PM
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All the more reason to “live where you work, work where you live”, or at least within bicycling distance.

Mas Gaviota Sep 17, 2021 04:56 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

If a third lane magically appeared overnight, there would still be bumper to bumper traffic there. If you build it they will come.

Zeke Sep 17, 2021 05:01 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

Wait theres traffic thru Montecito on a Friday??!!! No way. Alert the media.

Mesarats Sep 17, 2021 06:56 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

Correct, they were the 1st section to be completed, now they are the last. Perhaps had they not delayed, the creeks infrastructure that was supposed to be completed to support the 500 year floods, that feeds the downstream Caltrans project, may have saved many lives

CoastWatch Sep 17, 2021 09:08 PM
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Our State is a Third World Nation. The infrastructure we have, from freeways, county roads, state highways, reservoirs (or lack there of), water systems, above ground utilities and public transportation (lack there of) have all been stagnant for 50 years...Meanwhile the State's population has tripled in size.... Go figure.

a-1632028979 Sep 18, 2021 10:22 PM
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Give me a break, CoastWatch. Have you ever traveled to or in a "third world country"? I have, in Central America and Guatemala in the late 90's.
Extreme statements like yours just turn me off from anything expressed from your point of view.
Our state is far from a third world! Except for the San Joquin Valley towns with no water.
And in the USA, the southern communities with no indoor plumbing and hookworm infestation, see Mississippi.

a-1632029051 Sep 18, 2021 10:24 PM
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Hookworm in southern states:

"Contrary to popular belief, hookworm—an intestinal parasite in humans consisting of larvae and adult worms that reside within the small intestine—still exists in the United States.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that a staggering 570 to 740 million individuals around the world are infected with the parasite. Hookworm thrives in resource-limited countries, with severe poverty and poor sanitation. The worm flourishes in warm, moist climates typically found in regions such as South America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

“Hookworm was rampant in the United States more than 100 years ago. It thrived in the poor south, where many families could not afford proper outhouses and sewer systems were rare,” popular news source NPR reported in a recent article. However, according to the CDC, improvements in living conditions have succeeded in cutting down these infections. NPR reports that between the 1950s and 1980s, the worm was actually eradicated in the United States, although “the exact date isn’t clear.”

Unfortunately, findings from a new study published in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, validates the presence of the worm in some areas of the United States, begging the question—did it ever really leave?

For their study site, the investigators chose an environment where hookworm would typically flourish—Lowndes County, Alabama—a place known for its “previous high hookworm burdens, degree of poverty, and use of open-sewage systems,” according to the study’s abstract. Lowndes County is one of the poorest counties in the country, according to NPR, one that cannot afford a septic system, leaving residents to create their own sewer line through the use of PVC piping, which goes from their toilets “and stretches off some 30 feet above ground until it reaches a small ditch.”

“This seems safe to [the residents],” lead investigator Rojelio Mejia, MD, a pediatrician and infectious disease specialist at Baylor College of Medicine, said in the article. “But Alabama is very hilly, and any drizzle of rain causes flooding, so whatever they delivered to the site spreads to the entire area, including their neighbors’ area.”

Investigators interviewed residents and collected stool, serum, and soil samples. They tested the samples for 9 different intestinal parasites that are commonly found in the tropics “using a multiparallel quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays.”

The investigators found that 42.4% of study participants reported being exposed to raw sewage in their home, which is not surprising because of their makeshift sewage systems. Furthermore, 19 out of 55 stool samples (34.5%) collected from the study participants came back positive for Necator americanus (a species of hookworm), 4 out of 55 (7.3%) tested positive for Strongyloides stercoralis (parasitic roundworm), and 1 out of 55 (1.8%) was positive for Entamoeba histolytica (an anaerobic parasitic amoebozoa). However, those with hookworm in their samples only had 1 or 2 eggs per gram of stool, a finding that greatly differs from countries endemic with the parasite."

a-1632029319 Sep 18, 2021 10:28 PM
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Let us, the United States of America, make the poorest areas of our states into first-world areas before any where else! There are counties in the south that have lacked sanitary sewer facilities for many decades. They're often mobile home communities. Why are the conservatives who tout "America" not fighting for these poor people?!

a-1632032052 Sep 18, 2021 11:14 PM
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THESE are the people who need an anthelminthic anti-parasitic drugs. But NOT ivermectin.
CDC: Hookworm infection is treated with albendazole, mebendazole, or pyrantel pamoate.

Wikipedia: Ivermectin is a medication used to treat parasite infestations. In humans, these include head lice, scabies, river blindness (onchocerciasis), strongyloidiasis, trichuriasis, ascariasis, and lymphatic filariasis.

a-1632080758 Sep 19, 2021 12:45 PM
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The cons around here live in constant fear of their fellow man, and their main agenda is to spread fear and discontent by painting everything in a negative light. If we paid taxes at a reasonable rate, instead of the current historic lows, we wouldn't have many of these problems, and yet the cons moan and groan for yet lower taxation. Insanity.

PitMix Sep 20, 2021 11:53 AM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

Coast, even if we get 3 lanes all the way to Winchester Canyon (in 20 yrs or so), there will still be congestion during commute hours. There is no way to build enough lanes for the peak demand as you can see in networks with up to 10 lanes and there is still congestion. But the 3rd lane should eliminate most of the congestion during off-peak and off-holiday hours.

sacjon Sep 20, 2021 12:18 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

COAST - our state (which you are welcome and encouraged to leave if you want) is the 4th largest economy on the planet, it is by no measures a "Third World Nation." Go check out Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, etc for that. Seriously, enough with the overexaggerating.

a-1631948213 Sep 17, 2021 11:56 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

A friend got back to SB from Ventura about 5 p.m. on Friday; said there had been 2 accidents on her way home. Seems today wasn't just typical traffic. Did anyone check the CHP page at the time?

patti Sep 18, 2021 06:59 AM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

Motorcycle accident per CHP just before San Ysidro NB at 12:45 pm & I was in it. Took me 45 minutes from Padero to San Ysidro. I thought it was just te construction plus Friday. Wrong!

a-1632006359 Sep 18, 2021 04:05 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

I just came north bound through that area at about 3:30 pm on Saturday. Still very heavy traffic but no accident to be seen. It cleared up mostly by about Hot Springs Rd also for no apparent reason.

yiannis93101 Sep 18, 2021 07:23 AM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

The other reason is the dang students are invading us to attend ucsb. It’s
Move in weekend in IV! All the mommy’s and daddy’s are bringing their kids into town for another year of partying. It was sooooo quiet when they were gone for the last 18 months….this is gonna suck having them back.

hunkymon Sep 18, 2021 09:37 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

Just build an elevated HOV lane through Montecito both directions. That way they won't have to cut down any more trees or condemn anyone's property.

SBTownie Sep 19, 2021 01:31 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

I don't have an ounce of sympathy for the people living in Montecito but boy I would not like to be them. Montecito is essentially locked in, or inaccessible for numerous hours per day and every holiday weekend and every Friday and Sunday. The maps apps have directed out of towners to previously unknown locals-only secret routes (like Greenwell Ave.) and so the entire place is clogged beyond belief. I would find it quite uncomfortable to feel trapped in my own home due to the traffic. They have plenty of other reasons to be grateful, however, so I do not pity them.

sbrobert Sep 19, 2021 02:33 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

How about building high speed rail and commuter rail as civilized countries have done?

tagdes Sep 19, 2021 03:33 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

High speed rail is already being built Robert, only several billion dollars more and another 10 years or so and it will be up and running. I doubt UP will give up their trackage rights even if the feds could come up with enough money. I've been going to Costa Rica almost yearly for the last several years and their elevated commuter light rail is moving along nicely. They are of course civilized now since the abolition of their military.

Byzantium Sep 19, 2021 03:20 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

Two choices: come here after you have secured the housing you want. Come here first and then demand someone give you the housing you want. Welcome to the former. Goodbye to the latter.

SBZZ Sep 20, 2021 01:08 PM
Montecito Afternoon Traffic

Came back up Sat about 5pm on 101 and total disregard for the 55 mph speed limit through the construction zone. Yep, a 3-vehicle accident and gridlock at Padaro Lane.

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