Highway 166 from Obispo Street in Guadalupe to Blosser Road in Santa Maria is scheduled to undergo resurfacing maintenance starting Monday. The projected is estimated to be completed in August.

Motorists can expect lane closures and one-way reversing traffic Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, according to Caltrans District 5 spokesman Jim Shivers.

Construction during the overnight hours will occur Sunday night through Friday morning from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. and Fridays from 11:55 p.m. until 6 a.m.

The $2.8 million project will feature a new rubberized surface, improving the quality of the roadway, existing shoulder, portions of the two-way left turn pockets and the installation of shoulder/center line rumble strips, Shivers said. 

Electronic message boards will inform motorists as they approach the work zone. 

Motorist can expect delays up to 10 minutes, Shivers said.

Santa Maria-based contractor CalPortland Construction will perform the service.

And Caltrans is reminding motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones.

For information on the project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects, call 805-568-0858 or visit https://dot.ca.gov/caltrans-near-me/district-5

Class of 2020 celebrated with unique, physically distanced celebrations across the Central Coast

The accomplishments of the Class of 2020 were celebrated last week across the Central Coast with physically distant ceremonies. While some late changes, approved by the Department of Public Health, allowed graduates to get out of their cars and accept their diplomas, the ceremonies were uniquely shaped by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Enjoy this collection from our coverage of last week's ceremonies. 

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Despite the circumstances, the mood was festive for Lompoc High School's celebration, which took place in the parking lot south of Huyck Stadium. Graduates waited in vehicles with their loved ones before exiting one at a time to cross either of two small makeshift stages on which graduates received their diploma covers and posed for photos.

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On Wednesday, more than 80 Maple High School seniors were celebrated during a mini-graduation event. The ceremony was unlike any other in the school’s history, as graduates and their families arrived at staggered times and social distancing measures were put in place to comply with public health orders during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Delta High School in Orcutt honored its 300 graduates Friday afternoon in a virtual ceremony posted on the school’s website, followed up that evening with a drive-through pickup of Grad Packs and awards.

OUR VIEW Santa Barbara County officials have launched a program that will enable businesses and organizations to temporarily expand into the public right-of-way, perhaps even onto private property.

Lisa André covers Valley Life for Santa Ynez Valley News. 

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