Highway 192 San Ysidro Creek Bridge

Crews work to remove boulders and mud from beneath the San Ysidro Creek Bridge on Highway 192, one of four bridges heavily damaged in the 1/9 Debris Flow in Montecito.

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Caltrans is moving ahead with plans to repair and rebuild four Highway 192 bridges damaged in the 1/9 Debris Flow in Montecito, a spokesman for the agency’s District 5 said.

Security Paving Co. of Sylma has already been awarded a contract for the $20 million project to rebuild the Montecito Creek, Romero Creek and Toro Canyon bridges, said Jim Shivers, public information officer for District 5.

The Arroyo Parida Creek Bridge also will be rebuilt, but Caltrans is exploring options and a timeline to accelerate its replacement, Shivers said.

Evacuated residents continue to repopulate Montecito, most sections of Highway 192 at the west and east ends are now open to motorists, with the highway closed between the Sycamore Canyon intersection with Camino Viejo Road there and Cravens Lane in Carpinteria.

Because of the large section that remains closed, Caltrans is strongly advising through traffic to continue using Highway 101.

Shivers said the bridges will likely be closed to through traffic, except for emergency and utility vehicles for several months up to the time of demolition.

Barricades and locked gates will secure each site, with detours available via local roads.

Initial work will involve the existing structures, with construction to start after design work is completed for the new bridges, Shivers said.

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Caltrans will provide a specific timeline for opening the four locations as more information becomes available.

The agency also plans to replace guardrails on the San Ysidro Creek and Toro Creek bridges, which are open but reduced to one lane under one-way traffic controlled by stop and yield signs that will remain in place until repairs are complete.

For more information on the project and updates on other Caltrans projects in Santa Barbara County, call the District 5 Public Affairs Unit at 549-3237 or visit www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#sb.

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