A project to replace the San Jose Creek Bridge on US 101 in Goleta will continue this week with demolition work on the northbound bridge. A traffic switch was completed in advance of this phase of construction on September 14. Travelers have been re-routed onto the southbound bridge includes two travel lanes in each direction. No ramp closures are anticipated during this phase of the construction.
The northbound US 101 On-Ramp at Patterson Avenue has been modified to improve the merge for travelers entering the highway.
The bridges on US 101 were built in 1946 and widened in 1989. The new bridge will meet current design and safety criteria. The contractor for this $20 million project is M.C.M. Construction, Inc. of North Highlands, CA. It is expected to be complete in June 2026.
Construction to replace the San Jose Creek Bridges on State Route 217 in Goleta continues with preparation work for demolition of the northbound bridge expected to begin the week of September 25. One lane remains open in each direction for travelers on the westbound side of the highway. No major work is planned during the UCSB move-in this weekend. The contractor will be working on the SR 217 bridge installing sheet piles this Friday and Saturday. This work will not include lane closures and will not impact travelers.
The eastbound SR 217 on-ramp at Sandspit Road will remain closed for the duration of the project, estimated at two years. Travelers leaving the Santa Barbara Airport will use Fairview Avenue and Hollister Avenue to reach US 101. Additional electronic message boards have been activated to assist airport visitors.
The existing four-lane bridge on SR 217 was constructed in 1963. The new bridge is designed to current standards and flood elevations.
The contractor for this $26 million project is M.C.M. Construction, Inc. of North Highlands, CA. Bridge construction is expected to be complete in Summer 2025. A follow up plant establishment project will be completed in Fall 2027.
Additional updates will be issued as work progresses.