By Santa Barbara County Association of Government (SBCAG)
The Santa Claus Lane Bikeway project will begin construction after Labor Day and run through summer 2023. The project will create a new Class I bikeway and multipurpose path to connect Santa Claus Lane to Carpinteria Avenue. This will close a gap in the California Coastal Trail between Sand Point Road and Carpinteria Avenue (see map below). The new bikeway will be constructed in between Highway 101 and the railroad tracks.
As part of the bikeway project, the intersection at Carpinteria Avenue and Estero Street will be updated with new crosswalks, signage, landscaping, curbs and gutters, and bike lanes (see rendering below). At the western end of the project, a new vehicular turnaround will be built at the end of Santa Claus Lane.
Driveway Closures on Carpinteria Avenue
Bikeway construction will necessitate closing alternate business driveways off of Carpinteria Avenue for short periods of time. The western first and third driveways will be closed from September to November. The middle driveway will be closed after the surrounding driveways from November to December. Driveways on either side of each driveway closure will remain open. Please see map above for driveway closure dates and locations.
Construction Near Sand Point Road
At the end of Santa Claus Lane, a teardrop-shaped turnaround (see rendering above) will be constructed to allow cars to head west on Santa Claus Lane. Large trucks will be required to enter southbound Highway 101 using the on-ramp.
During construction, access to Sand Point Road will be signed for local traffic only adjacent to the start of the teardrop turnaround construction area. From November to December 2022, access to Sand Point Road will be one lane only. Drivers will need to check for oncoming cars prior to exiting or entering Sand Point Road. Please note that during this time and for the majority of bikeway construction, the Highway 101 southbound on-ramp at Santa Claus will be closed.
The bikeway is being built in coordination with the Highway 101: Padaro project. Please visit www.SBROADS.com to see maps, graphics, photos, construction updates, and descriptions of the improvements.
Highway 101: Carpinteria to Santa Barbara is a project undertaken by Caltrans and SBCAG in cooperation with local agencies to add a new carpool lane in each direction between Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. Highway 101: Carpinteria is the first segment under construction as part of Highway 101: Carpinteria to Santa Barbara project.