Unclear When Highway 154 Will Reopen

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Closures of Highway 154 and Highway 101 (Photos by Mike Eliason)  

Update by John Wiley
10:00 a.m., February 7, 2019

Here are aerial views of the Hwy.154 work, looking like they might be able to expose the culvert soon if the runoff keeps slowing. It's at the East end of the lake, as the wider shot shows (closure is at bottom-left).


Update by Caltrans
10:00 a.m., February 7, 2019

HIGHWAY 154 REMAINS CLOSED FOLLOWING WINTER STORM ACTIVITY/CLOSURE BOUNDARY REDUCED

Highway 154 remains closed from the Lake Cachuma State Recreation Area to Paradise Road following a series of winter storms which resulted in a blocked culvert near Lake Cachuma.

Caltrans has initiated an emergency project to clear the opening of this culvert approximately 40 feet below the surface which contains water and debris. Caltrans is removing the water with pumps and cameras to reach the opening of the blocked culvert.

Those wishing to visit Lake Cachuma may do so by traveling Hwy. 154 from the Santa Ynez area.  Those traveling from Santa Barbara may only travel to Paradise Road.  Businesses along Hwy. 154 remain open.

Motorists may use US Highway 101 as a detour.  There is no estimate when this section of Hwy. 154 will re-open. 


Update by Caltrans
10:00 a.m., February 6, 2019

STATE ROUTE 154 REMAINS CLOSED DUE TO BLOCKED CULVERT FOLLOWING WINTER STORM ACTIVITY

State Route 154 remains closed from the Junction with State Route 246 near Santa Ynez to Paradise Road following a series of winter storms which has resulted in a blocked culvert near Lake Cachuma.

Caltrans has initiated an emergency project to clear the opening of this culvert which is approximately 40 feet below the surface which contains water and debris. Caltrans is making progress in removing the water with the use of pumps and cameras to locate the opening of the blocked culvert.

There is no estimate when this section of Highway 154 will re-open.  Motorists may use US Highway 101 as a detour.  Caltrans engineers and maintenance staff are working to open the highway as soon as possible.

Businesses along Highway 154 including the area near Stagecoach Road remain open.


Update by edhat staff
10:00 a.m., February 4, 2019

Highway 154 remains closed indefinitely near Cachuma Lake following a series of winter storms due to a blocked culvert that resulted in a flow of water on the roadway.

Caltrans is working to clear the opening of this culvert which is 35 feet below the surface of the water and debris.

Highway 154 remains closed between Santa Barbara and SR-246 in Santa Ynez. The roadway is open to residents but through traffic must use Highway 101.

There is no estimate when this section of Highway 154 will re-open.  Caltrans engineers and maintenance staff are working to open the highway as soon as possible.

 

 


Update by edhat staff
8:20 p.m., February 2, 2019
 
As of 8:20 p.m. Saturday, Highway 101 reopened in both directions. 

Highway 154 is still closed between SR-246 and SR-192 until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Residents have access but through traffic must use Highway 101.

Read a more comprehensive storm update here .


Update by edhat staff
4:30 p.m., February 2, 2019

The southbound lanes of Highway 101 have reopened as of 4:00 p.m. Saturday. However, the northbound lanes are currently closed. Caltrans is working diligently to reopen the Northbound lanes and it's been reported it could reopen between 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Saturday.

Highway 154 has now closed from SR-192 to SR-246 due to culvert repair and maintenance near Lake Cachuma.

Highway 135 remains closed at Harris Grade. 

Current traffic information can be checked through the below links:

Local Roads – Link to Public Works
State Routes and Highways – Link to Caltrans

Read a more comprehensive storm update here.


By edhat staff
9:30 a.m., February 2, 2019

California Highway Patrol and Caltrans have closed Highway 101 in both directions around 9:30 a.m. Saturday due to heavy rainstorms.

Highway 101 is closed southbound at Milpas Street and northbound at SR-150 in Carpinteria.

CHP Captain Cindy Pontes reports flooding and minor debris in the area and they're taking precautionary measures in case the freeway does get overtaken by flood waters and debris.

A Caltrans worker  stands in the northbound US 101 in Montecito Saturday where the nearby Romero Creek has overflowed and flooded the Highway. (Photo: Mike Eliason)

There is no way to get around this area, N. Jameson is also closed.

"Please don't get on the roads if you dont need to... avoid area at all costs," said Pontes.

Below is a video of Highway 101 from John Palminteri of KEYT:

 
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a-1574406455 Feb 02, 2019 11:12 AM
Unclear When Highway 154 Will Reopen

101 is still closed. Northbound traffic at the Milpas live cam is from people getting on at Coast Village, it is CLOSED beyond that to 150. Southbound closed also. The closures are still on Google Maps, enable the "Traffic" layer.

a-1574406455 Feb 02, 2019 11:15 AM
Unclear When Highway 154 Will Reopen

No, it is not open. Google Maps says both directions "closed until midnight," but I don't know where they get that information from.

ktnoodle1 Feb 02, 2019 11:01 AM
Unclear When Highway 154 Will Reopen

I just spent an hour going from garden to the bird refuge back to Castillo. So if they opened it up in the last 30 minutes someone please confirm!

a-1574406455 Feb 02, 2019 11:09 AM
Unclear When Highway 154 Will Reopen

Looks more like northbound is open with very little traffic flow (may still be closed further south), southbound appears to still be closed, there are a few vehicles stopped on the left shoulder and I'm not seeing any traffic flow. The cams are here under District 5: http://www.dot.ca.gov/video/index.html

Shasta Guy Feb 02, 2019 10:43 AM
Unclear When Highway 154 Will Reopen

Any updates? Googles maps showed the closures, but they aren’t on the map anymore. I need to plot my way back to town from Ventura.

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