South Coast 101 HOV Lanes Project
This project would add one high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction on US 101 from 0.2 mile south of Bailard Avenue the City of Carpinteria to Sycamore Creek in the City of Santa Barbara. The project is 10.9 miles in length.
Caltrans District 5 is the lead agency for the project. SBCAG is the primary project sponsor. Project partners include the City of Santa Barbara, County of Santa Barbara, City of Carpinteria, SBCAG and Caltrans. The project is funded with Measure A regional sales tax funds, as well as other state and federal funding sources.
The proposed project would add one HOV lane in each direction, resulting in a six-lane freeway within the project limits. A no-build alternative and three build alternatives were considered in the environmental document. The added lanes are proposed part-time HOV lanes, meaning that they will operate as general-purpose lanes during off-peak periods of weekdays and on weekends. Project improvements for all build alternatives are confined primarily to the existing State Highway right-of-way.
To reduce congestion, decrease vehicle travel times and to facilitate the flow of goods and services
To facilitate a mode shift to carpool, vanpool, and bus travel in the corridor
To provide capacity for future travel demand
To provide for HOV lane continuity on US 101 in southern Santa Barbara County, as planned for in the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and 101 In Motion
Traffic volume is overwhelming the existing capacity of the U.S. 101 during weekday and weekend peak periods. Route 101 within the project limits typically operates with congested flow (Level of Service F) conditions during weekday and weekend peak periods. These conditions typically occur for two to four hours daily in each direction and result in significant travel delay. Without improvements congested conditions are expected to increase to over ten hours a day by 2040.
Project Timeline (Milestones)
Draft Revised Environmental Impact Report Release - December 2, 2016
Public Hearing - December 15, 2016: Click here to view notice
Close of DED Public Comment Period - January 31, 2017
Final Revised Environmental Impact Report Approval - Spring 2017
Project Design and Permitting - Spring 2017 - Fall 2018*
Begin Construction - Late 2008 or Early 2019*
Guiding Principles of the Project Development Team
Project Cost and Funding
The total cost of the project varies by alternative. The estimated total construction and right-of-way capital cost is $380 million. Secured funding for the project includes $140 million in Measure A regional sales tax renewal funds as well as other State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funding programmed by SBCAG and Caltrans. Remaining funds are expected to include a mix of state and federal transportation funding sources.
A two-year corridor study that examined all modes and involved extensive community outreach was completed by SBCAG in July 2006. This study, called 101 In Motion, developed a vision for long-term mobility along the Route 101 corridor. The study resulted in a consensus recommendation for six elements that, together, will implement a multi-modal strategy to accommodate future travel demand while facilitating a modal shift to carpooling, transit, and passenger rail.
Without implementation of the elements, 101 In Motion forecast that that LOS F conditions would exceed ten hours a day in each direction by 2030. Consensus recommended elements in 101 In Motion include:
Each of these elements includes one or more individual projects. Separate implementation efforts for rail improvement are ongoing; agencies involved with implementation include SBCAG, Caltrans Division of Rail, AMTRAK, and Union Pacific Railroad. For a link to the 101 In Motion Executive Summary, click here. Additional information on South Coast Corridor transportation funding efforts and plans can be found at www.MeasureA.net/.
For more information, contact Scott Eades, Corridor Manager by email: Scott_Eades@dot.ca.gov or by phone: (805) 549-3144.
Last updated: December 5, 2016