Southbound Casitas Pass Ramp Now Open

Source: Caltrans

Construction Update (weather dependent)
Timeframe:  May 19 – 25, 2019 

**The new southbound Highway 101 on-ramp at Casitas Pass Road is open!**

Above: The new southbound Highway 101 on-ramp at Casitas Pass Road
opened Wednesday morning, May 15th.


  • Highway 101 – night closures (see detour map)
    • Changed closure (due to rain):  Thursday, May 16th
      • Highway 101 will be closed between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am between Bailard and Linden Avenues for the removal of temporary supports at the Linden Avenue overcrossing. One direction will be closed at a time. Please follow on-street detour signs.
    • Sunday & Monday, May 19th & 20th
      • Southbound Highway 101 will be closed from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am between Linden and Bailard Avenues to allow crews to remove temporary supports used to build the new Linden Avenue Overcrossing.
    • Tuesday – Thursday, May 21st – 23rd
      • Northbound Highway 101 will be closed between Bailard and Linden Avenues from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am to finish up the removal of temporary supports at the Linden Avenue Overcrossing.
  • Southbound Highway 101 off-ramp at Linden Avenue – remains temporarily closed (see details below)

Casitas Pass Road

  • Overcrossing
    • Work continues on the barrier rail and median planter. 
  • Southbound Highway 101 on-ramp at Casitas Pass Road
    • The new on-ramp is open, and the temporary ramp will be removed.

Linden Avenue Overcrossing

  • Temporary supports (falsework) used to build the bridge will be removed. Work will continue on the retaining and back walls of the new overcrossing.

Highway 101

  • Sound Walls
    • Northbound Highway 101 between Linden Avenue and Franklin Creek (behind Nipomo Drive)
      • Block installation for the sound wall is ongoing. 
    • Southbound Highway 101 between Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road
      • Block work for the new wall is complete.
    • Southbound Highway 101 between Franklin Creek and the off-ramp at Linden Avenue
      • Crews continue installing underground supports (piles).
  • New drainage improvements are being installed along Via Real, Casitas Pass Road, near the new northbound on-ramp at Casitas Pass Road, and the southbound off-ramp at Casitas Pass Road.

Via Real

  • Via Real is closed from Casitas Pass Road to the old northbound Highway 101 on-ramp. Local residents have one-way access to Hales Lane on Via Real (entering from Casitas Pass Road and exiting on Vallecito Road). 
    • Pedestrians can use the sidewalk on Via Real, but please refrain from entering the construction area.
  • Crews are working on the footing for the new retaining wall.
  • Grading is ongoing for street improvements near Via Real and the City’s Carpinteria Creek Park.

Ongoing Temporary Closure

  • Southbound Highway 101 off-ramp at Linden Avenue
    • The Highway 101 off-ramp at Linden Avenue is closed for approximately 6-9 months. Crews will build a new off-ramp along with extensive drainage improvements, new retaining walls, and safety barriers (see rendering below). Please use the off-ramps at Reynolds Avenue or Casitas Pass Road to access the beach and downtown Carpinteria (see detour map below).

About the Hwy 101:  Linden and Casitas Pass Project
The Hwy 101:  Linden & Casitas Pass project will improve local circulation and freeway access in Carpinteria.  The highway interchanges at Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road will be updated with new bridges and freeway ramps.  Via Real will be connected across Carpinteria Creek through a new roundabout up to Linden Avenue.  New bridges will be built over Carpinteria Creek on Hwy 101 and Via Real, and four new sound walls will be built to reduce freeway noise in nearby neighborhoods.  Bike and pedestrian improvements will be added along Via Real, connected along Carpinteria Creek, and on the Linden Avenue and Casitas Pass Road overcrossings.

Construction began in fall 2016 and will run through 2019 based on an accelerated schedule. The accelerated schedule is dependent on weather and utility relocations and moves the completion date from the end of 2020 to 2019.  

Highway 101 will have 2 lanes open in each direction and local roads will remain open during daytime construction. There will be nighttime closures as needed. New roads, bridges, ramps, and bikeways open in 2017, 2018, and 2019. 

This project is the third phase of widening Highway 101 between Santa Barbara and Mussel Shoals.  Eight of the 16 miles in this area have already been widened to include three lanes in each direction.

The Highway 101:  Linden and Casitas Pass Project is a $60 million construction project funded by state and federal taxes.  This project is a partnership between Caltrans, the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, and the City of Carpinteria. 

For more information, please visit our project website HERE,  call us at 805.845.5112, or email the project at


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