Cal­trans says High­way 154 re­open­ing still about a month away

The Tribune (SLO) - - Local - BY KAYTLYN LES­LIE Kaytlyn Les­lie: 805-781-7928,@Kaytyleslie

High­way 154 between Santa Bar­bara and High­way 246 will likely re­open in mid-March, Cal­trans of­fi­cials said Fri­day, af­ter the high­way closed when a clogged drainage cul­vert flooded and dam­aged a large por­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, Cal­trans is work­ing around the clock on an emer­gency project with en­gi­neer­ing and main­te­nance work­ers to re­open the high­way.

The high­way closed Feb. 2, af­ter win­ter rains washed de­bris down into the cul­vert near Lake Cachuma in the Santa Ynez Val­ley, clog­ging the un­der­high­way pas­sage and forc­ing wa­ter and de­bris on top of the road.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, Cal­trans has cleared the blocked cul­vert and is re­build­ing the high­way’s foun­da­tion, re­pair­ing the em­bank­ment and ex­ca­vat­ing part of the dam­aged high­way.

Cal­trans warned that driv­ers could en­counter one-way traf­fic con­trol once the road re­opens while the agency con­tin­ues work on the high­way.

For traf­fic up­dates on other state high­ways in Santa Bar­bara County, mo­torists can call Cal­trans Dis­trict 5 Pub­lic Af­fairs at 805-549-3318 or visit the Dis­trict 5 web­site at www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/ road­_in­for­ma­tion.htm.

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