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Construction Begins on Cabrillo Blvd. Bridge Replacement

November 10, 2014 

Construction on the Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge Replacement project will begin this week. The City of Santa Barbara has selected Lash Construction as the general contractor to replace the bridge located on Cabrillo Boulevard between State Street and Helena Avenue.

“The Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge over Mission Creek, originally built in 1913, will be replaced in three stages so that we can keep Cabrillo Boulevard open with at least one lane in each direction throughout construction. During the first phase of construction, utility relocations will begin, Mission creek banks between Cabrillo Boulevard and State Street will be improved, and the patio and a portion of the building at 15 East Cabrillo Boulevard will be removed as it is connected to the existing bridge. Cabrillo Boulevard will remain open with alternating lane closures as needed through the first stage of construction,” said Adam Hendel, supervising civil engineer at the City of Santa Barbara.

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Irrigation Budgets Help Save Water and Money

November 5, 2014 

A water budget and separate irrigation meter can help customers with large landscapes manage water use more efficiently and lower your water bill. The City will create a specific monthly landscape irrigation budget based on property size, plant types and weather conditions. Watch the Video ...


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Public Workshop – Potential Cliff Drive Traffic Safety Project

October 29, 2014 

The City of Santa Barbara’s Traffic Engineering staff invites residents to a Public Workshop to discuss a potential traffic safety improvement project for parts of Cliff Drive. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Monroe Elementary School auditorium at 431 Flora Vista Drive. Maps and drawings will be available for staff to review with residents, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

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Multi-Use Path for Las Positas Road

October 15, 2014 

Through funds from a state grant, the City is pursing design proposals and environmental clearance for a multi-use path to be constructed on Las Positas Road from Modoc Road to Cliff Drive. Intended for use by bicyclists, runners, and pedestrians, the path will connect to the regional Crosstown and Coastal Bike Routes.


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Free Workshops on Waterwise Landscaping Offered This Fall

October 7, 2014 

The City of Santa Barbara will be sponsoring a series of workshops on sustainable landscaping principles this fall including graywater, drip irrigation, lawn replacement, and rainwater harvesting.

Landscaping accounts for about 50% of household water use in Santa Barbara. These workshops will show participants how to reduce their water use, save money on their water bill, and be more water wise during the drought. Homeowners, landscape professionals, and interested members of the community are all encouraged to participate.

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Pedestrian Improvement for Lower Milpas Street

October 7, 2014 

Through funds from a state grant, the City will install sidewalk along the east side of Milpas Street, from Cabrillo Boulevard to Highway 101. Pedestrian lighting will be added on both sides of Milpas Street, and sidewalk gaps will be filled on Calle Puerto Vallarta, connecting Milpas Street to Dwight Murphy Park and the Santa Barbara Zoo. Read More ...



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Bike Corral Installed on the 100 Block of Canon Perdido Street

September 24, 2014 

The City of Santa Barbara installed a bike corral yesterday on the 100 block of Canon Perdido near Santa Barbara Street. Bike corrals are in-street bicycle parking areas that typically replace one or two automobile spaces in commercial areas where a significant number of bicycle trips are present. Other cities around the country have implemented bike corrals, mainly to respond to business and community desires to increase parking capacity – in this case 14 new bike parking spaces.

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Montecito Street Bridge Replacement

September 23, 2014 

With a recent state grant award, the Montecito Street Bridge Replacement Project will replace the very narrow bridge with a wider structure to better accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. A new sidewalk on the bridge and on the roadway approaching the bridge will also be installed. This project will improve pedestrian safety near the Franklin and Cleveland Elementary Schools.


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“Bici Famalia” at Santa Barbara Family Day and Health Fair

September 17, 2014 

“Bici Familia” turned out to be a popular addition to the third annual Santa Barbara Family Day & Health Fair on September 13, 2014. The health fair was a collaborative effort of the City, County, Public Health Department, Santa Barbara County Office of Education, the Unified School District, American Indian Health Services, and Cottage Health System. Bici Familia is a free, bilingual bike skills class for families that was paid for by City of Santa Barbara Public Works Department and run by Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE), and the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST). About 115 local residents (95 of them children) participated in the bicycle training classroom instruction and on-street skills class and over 100 helmets were fitted and given away to class participants.

Contact:Peter BrownInterimMobility CoordinatorPhone: (805) 987-2669Email: PBrown@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

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Upcoming Lower State Street Construction

September 17, 2014 

The lower State Street area will undergo multiple construction projects this fall, including replacement of the Mason Street and Cabrillo Boulevard Bridges over Mission Creek. The bridge projects will coincide with several private projects in the area, including the Children's Museum, Entrada de Santa Barbara, and the 101 State Street Hotel Project. City staff have planned traffic control and hauling routes to minimize disruption and keep the public safe while work is being conducted. Read More ...


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Free Sprinkler Nozzles!

September 5, 2014 

Did you know that over half the water used in our landscapes is lost to runoff and overspray? It's time to get water wise, and it's never been easier to replace your sprinkler nozzles than right now. Get up to 25 free water-efficient sprinkler nozzles by visiting FreeSprinklerNozzles.com!

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Stage Two Drought Declared

September 5, 2014 

On May 20, 2014, the Santa Barbara City Council declared a Stage Two Drought Condition, triggering drought related water use regulations for irrigation, hoses, pools, restaurants, and more. Click here for the full list of regulations.

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Sign up for Green Gardener Class

September 3, 2014 

The Green Gardener Program educates landscapers, gardeners and homeowners on landscape practices that save resources and prevent pollution. The course will offer sessions in English, Spanish and a bilingual option. The fee is $35. Participants can enroll by coming to the first class on September 8 (Spanish) / September 10. Read More ...


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Street Sweeping Cancelled on September 1st for Labor Day Holiday

August 28, 2014 

The Transportation Division reminds citizens that regular daytime street sweeping will be cancelled on Monday, September 1, 2014, in observance of Labor Day, and parking enforcement for street sweeping in the posted Monday zones will also be cancelled that day. The residential areas with regular Monday street sweeping affected by this cancellation are the Eastside and the Samarkand neighborhoods. However, ALL other parking restrictions will be enforced.

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Corporate Yard Wellhead Project Proceeding

August 26, 2014 

This project introduces a new groundwater well at Ortega and Laguna Streets, creating an additional source of water for the City. The project began with drilling over 600 feet underground last summer. The second half of the project now underway involves the installation of control systems, piping, a motor and pump connecting the new well to the Ortega Treatment Plant and the City's water supply. In the interim, a temporary pump will be installed and is expected to be running over the next few weeks.



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Luscious Lawn Alternatives & Cash For Your Grass!

August 20, 2014 

The City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program and the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Santa Barbara County will present a free one hour public workshop, “Luscious Lawn Alternatives & Cash for Your Grass!” on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10:00 am.

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Annual Road Maintenance Program Begins

August 12, 2014 
The City's annual road maintenance program begins this month and will primarily encompass streets within the greater Eastside and Lower Riviera neighborhoods. The project will include spot repairs, crack sealing, slurry sealing, and repaving for more extensively damaged roads. Downtown Parking Lots 3 and 11, Waterfront Harbor Way, and the Stearns Wharf entrance will also be maintained. Read More ...

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Community Water Conservation Meeting

August 12, 2014 
The public was invited to a presentation about water conservation during the Water Commission meeting today. Topics included simple actions for residents and businesses to save water, irrigation practices, online tools, rebates, and City programs available. The meeting was recorded and will be played on City TV channel 18 on August 12 at noon, August 14 at 7 p.m., and will be available on the City's website tomorrow morning. Video

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School Zone Safety Improvements

August 7, 2014 
The City is installing pedestrian safety improvements along identified paths to Franklin Elementary and La Cumbre Middle Schools. The changes will provide visual cues to drivers at crossing locations, while meeting the access needs of pedestrians and cyclists. Each location will be under construction for approximately seven days. No road closures are expected.

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Community Invited To Water Conservation Presentation August 11

August 7, 2014 
Residents, businesses, community groups, and the media are encouraged to attend a public presentation on Monday, August 11th about water conservation and City of Santa Barbara programs to help everyone save water during the drought. The presentation will take place during the regularly scheduled Water Commission meeting on Monday, August 11th at 3:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 735 Anacapa St. The meeting will also be recorded and played on City TV channel 18 on Tuesday, August 12th at noon, Thursday, August 14th at 7 pm, and available on the City's website.
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One-Stop Shop at Public Works Counter

July 29, 2014 
The Public Works Counter at 630 Garden Street is a valuable resource for your City utility and property- related questions. Counter staff can provide information on all aspects of City infrastructure, including sewer and water mains, parcel maps, construction drawings, and Capital Improvement Projects. The Counter is also the place to obtain a permit for private or utility work in a City street or property. To contact the Public Works Counter, call 564-5388.

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City Water Customers Reduce Water Use

July 29, 2014 
City water customers successfully reduced their water usage in June by 15%. This represents a major improvement in the community's efforts to reduce water usage and puts us closer to our monthly goal of 20%. For help evaluating water use and conservation opportunities, visit our website or call 564-5460 to schedule a free water checkup. Read More ...

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Traffic Improvements Put Safety First

July 22, 2014 
More visible signal lights, additional crosswalk timer signals, and careful analysis of effective traffic solutions in high collision areas are part of the City's efforts to improve safety on our streets and in our neighborhoods. Watch the Video ...


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Pool Covers Now Required - Rebates Available

July 15, 2014 
Pool covers are now required in the City due to the Stage Two Drought condition. To help water customers comply with the new regulation, the City's Smart Landscape Rebate program has been modified to include up to 50% of the material cost of a pool cover, to a maximum of $300 per pool cover. Read More


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Electric Vehicles added to City fleet

July 10, 2014 
The City has added another electric vehicle to its fleet. Taking advantage of federal and state incentives, a Nissan Leaf was procured as the City continues to purchase fuel efficient, low- emission vehicles. This is the third Nissan Leaf in the fleet to be shared by all City departments.

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City Wastewater System Inspections Scheduled to Begin in July

July 7, 2014 

The Public Works Department’s Engineering Division will begin their annual inspection of the wastewater collection system (sewer) pipeline in July 2014. Inspections are scheduled to occur at various locations throughout the City over approximately four months. The majority of work will take place Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In some locations, work may be performed outside of those hours to avoid impacts to traffic on busy streets. Businesses and residents near each inspection location will receive notice 72-hours prior to the start of the inspection. Short-term parking restrictions may be required; however, driveways will not be impacted.

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Street Sweeping Cancelled on July 4th for Independence Day Holiday

July 3, 2014 
The Transportation Division reminds citizens that regular daytime street sweeping will be cancelled on Friday, July 4, 2014, in observance of Independence Day, and parking enforcement for street sweeping in the posted Friday zones will also be cancelled that day. However, ALL other parking restrictions will be enforced.









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Wastewater Cogeneration System Receives Renewable Energy Award

July 1, 2014 
The City's cogeneration system at the El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant received an Honorable Mention from the U.S. Conference of Mayors for achievement in climate protection. The high-efficiency energy system, converts methane from plant operations to electricity.

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Two Bridge Replacements Planned for the City of Santa Barbara

June 23, 2014 
The City has awarded contracts for the design of two bridge replacement projects in town. The bridges are located on Quinientos Street over Sycamore Creek, and on Anapamu Street over Old Mission Creek.

Funding was obtained through the Federal Highway Administration, which covers nearly the entire cost for both projects.
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Recycled Water System Under Construction

June 17, 2014 

The construction of a new tertiary filtration system has begun at El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plant. The work consists of demolishing the existing Filter Plant and building a new Microfiltration/Ultrafiltration Complex. The new system will provide excellent water quality for recycled water users, reducing the use of potable water for irrigation and toilet flushing. The construction will take approximately one year to complete.


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Rebate for Making Your Garden Waterwise

June 17, 2014 

Join over 300 businesses and residents who have gone through the Smart Landscape Rebate program. The rebate covers 50% of the materials cost of efficient irrigation equipment, smart irrigation controllers, laundry-to-landscape graywater materials, water-wise plants, artificial turf, permeable surfaces, and mulch. The rebate maximum is $1,000 for homes and up to $4,000 for businesses, multi-family homes, and HOAs.


Council Declares Stage 2 Drought

May 28, 2014 
Drought Stage 2
A Stage Two Drought was declared by the City Council on Tuesday, May 20. The City is requiring a 20% reduction in water usage to extend current water supplies. Specific water regulations have been implemented to prevent unnecessary use of water. Read More ...

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Meeting on Fats, Oils and Grease Program and Proposed Commercial Sewer Rates - FOG Program

May 28, 2014 

Business representatives and the public are invited to a public meeting to discuss the City's Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Control Program for Food Service Establishments. Learn how you can do your part to keep fats, oils and grease out of the City sewer system. Included in the presentation will be the proposed changes to Commercial Sewer User Rates. Gain valuable information on current and future structures and fees. The meeting will take place on May 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center. Read More ...


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Street Sweeping Cancelled on May 26 for Memorial Day Holiday

May 22, 2014 
The Transportation Division reminds citizens that regular daytime street sweeping will be cancelled on Monday, May 26, 2014 in observance of Memorial Day, and parking enforcement for street sweeping in the posted Monday zones will also be cancelled that day. However, ALL other parking restrictions will be enforced.
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Public Meeting for Commercial Sewer Users

May 20, 2014 
Public Meeting for Commercial Sewer Users to Discuss:

What: City of Santa Barbara Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Control Program Requirements and City of Santa Barbara Commercial Sewer User Rate Changes
When: May 29, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara CA 93103
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Public Works Awards Received

May 20, 2014 
The City has received five awards from the Central Coast Chapter of the American Public Works Association. The winning projects include Chapala Street Bridge, Cater Ozone Water Treatment Project, Ortega Wells Filtration Project, and El Estero Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Project. The Association also named Pat Kelly, Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer, as the 2014 Public Works Professional of the Year.
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Permeabler Pavers Installed

May 20, 2014 
The City has installed permeable pavers in parking lots at Oak Park, Stevens Park, MacKenzie Park and the Westside Neighborhood Center. The pavers help keep polluted runoff from reaching our creeks and ocean untreated. The cutting-edge infiltration project mimics natural water processes and helps extend our local water supply during this dry period. Watch the video


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Take The Wyland Mayor's Pledge to Save Water

April 10, 2014 

My Water Pledge is a friendly competition between cities across the US to see who can be the most “water-wise.” Mayors nationwide will challenge their residents to conserve water, energy, and other natural resources on behalf of their city through a series of informative, easy-to-use pledges online.

Take the Pledge Here!

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Drought on - Sprinklers Off

April 4, 2014 
Due to recent rain, leave sprinklers off until soil is dry and plants need water, at least two weeks. Only water your garden if absolutely necessary - save 1,000 gallons or more every day!
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Temporary Closure of El Camino De La Luz Pedestrain Bridge

April 3, 2014 
The City of Santa Barbara’s Public Works Department will be repairing a sewer main, located between El Camino De La Luz and La Mesa Park from April 7 - April 25, 2014. Construction work hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Nearby residents may experience minor construction noise; however, access to driveways will not be impacted.
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Santa Barbara Public Works Director Appointed

March 11, 2014 
Following a nationwide executive recruitment process, City Administrator Jim Armstrong has appointed Rebecca Bjork as Public Works Director. Ms. Bjork has filled the vacancy on an interim basis since Christine Andersen retired in November 2013. She was selected from a pool of 91 candidates from across the country.
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City Receives American Society of Civil Engineers Awards

February 24, 2014 
Every year, as part of National Engineers Week, the local Santa Barbara/Ventura Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, selects a Project of the Year and Sustainable Project of the Year. This year, the City of Santa Barbara received an award in each category for the Cater Water Treatment Plant Advanced Treatment (Ozone) Project and the Fats, Oils, & Grease (Fog) Pilot Program, respectively.
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City Of Santa Barbara Asks For Reduction In Landscape Water

February 13, 2014 
A Stage One Drought was declared by the Santa Barbara City Council on February 11, 2014. The City is asking residents and businesses to reduce water use by 20%. Current usage is 10% above normal water usage due to the dry winter and increased landscape water use. Water customers currently watering their garden are encouraged to reduce more than 20%.
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Street Sweeping Cancelled on February 17th Holiday

February 12, 2014 
The Street Maintenance office of the Transportation Division reminds citizens that regular street sweeping in residential neighborhoods will be canceled on Monday, February 17, 2014, in observance of Presidents Day. Parking enforcement will also be canceled in the posted street sweeping zones on Monday.
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Stage 1 Drought Declared, Asking for 20% Water Savings

February 11, 2014 

A Stage One Drought Condition was declared by the Santa Barbara City Council on February 11th. The City is asking residents and businesses to reduce water use by 20%. Water customers currently watering their landscape are encouraged to reduce more than 20%.

The best way to reduce water usage is to evaluate landscape watering and check for leaks inside and out. The City can help with a free water checkup for homes or businesses.

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Save Water Outdoors During Dry Winter

January 23, 2014 
The dry winter we have been experiencing reminds us of the importance of our water supplies in Santa Barbara; we can help stretch our supplies during dry times by using water wisely every day. Santa Barbara's residents and businesses have done a great job conserving water over the past 25 years, but there is still a need for increased landscape water conservation. About half of the water used in the City goes to outdoor irrigation and that is where there is the most potential for water savings. For comparison, an average 15 minute shower uses 30 gallons total, while watering your lawn for 15 minutes on average uses 700 gallons! The city is asking businesses and residents to reduce outside water use now.
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Street Sweeping Canceled on Martin Luther King Day

January 15, 2014 
The Street Maintenance office of the Transportation Division reminds citizens that regular street sweeping in residential neighborhoods will be canceled on Monday, January 20, 2014 in observance of Martin Luther King Day, and parking enforcement will also be canceled in the posted street sweeping zones that day.
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Temporary Closure of El Camino De La Luz and La Mesa Park Postponed

December 17, 2013 
The El Camino Sewer Main Rehabilitation work, between El Camino De La Luz and La Mesa Park, has been briefly postponed. Weather permitting, the work is expected to begin in late January 2014, and last until early February 2014. Construction work hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. During the construction, nearby residents may experience minor construction noise, but access to driveways will not be impacted.
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Public Works Annual Report Released

November 15, 2013 
The Public Works Department Annual Report has released its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2013. Through the many diverse programs in the Department, we strive to support the citizens of Santa Barbara and the community's needs. This report highlights some of the activities that occurred during the past fiscal year and key capital projects that reflect the City’s investment in public infrastructure.
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Temporary Closure of El Camino De la Luz Pedestrian Bridge

November 14, 2013 
The Public Works Department’s Engineering Division is planning to complete sewer main rehabilitation work underneath the El Camino De La Luz Pedestrian Bridge, located between El Camino De La Luz and La Mesa Park. The work will begin in early December 2013, and end approximately December 20, 2013. Work hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. During the construction, nearby residents may experience minor construction noise, but access to residents’ driveways will not be impacted.
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Conejo Road Sewer Main Extension Project Begins

November 6, 2013 
The City of Santa Barbara's Public Works Department will begin construction on a new public sewer main at 450 Conejo Road starting November 11, 2013, and continuing through mid-December 2013. Construction hours will be limited to 7:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. Tierra Contracting will be the contractor for the project.
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Walk to School Day

October 1, 2013 
On Wednesday, October 9th, students across Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito and Carpinteria will join school children around the world who are making a commitment to a healthier lifestyle by walking or bicycling to school on International Walk to School Day. All drivers are to use extra caution due to anticipation of more people arriving to school by foot, watch for parents and children walking and biking to and from school
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Carrillo Hill Street Maintenance Scheduled

September 16, 2013 
On Tuesday and Wednesday, September 17 and 18, 2013, starting at 9:00 p.m., the City of Santa Barbara’s contractor will be completing micro surfacing, a type of slurry sealing, on Carrillo Street between San Andres Street and La Coronilla Drive.
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Santa Barbara Family Day & Health Fair: Bici Familia Event Success!

September 16, 2013 
At the second annual Santa Barbara Family Day & Health Fair, on Saturday, September 14, 2013, the City of Santa Barbara hosted Bici Familia, a free bicycle safety event for families alongside community partners. Bici Familia offered bilingual bicycle safety presentation and a skills course for parents and their children coordinated with City of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE), and the Coalition for Sustainable Transportation (COAST) Safe Routes to School Program.
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Family Biking Day: Bici Familia

September 4, 2013 
Saturday September 14th at Santa Barbara Junior High - 10 AM-3PM The 2nd annual Family Health and Wellness Fair hosted by the City of Santa Barbara, County of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Unified School District and Santa Barbara County Education Office.

Family bicycle day, Bici Familia, will offer a bilingual safety presentation and skills class with the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coaliton and COAST's Safe Routes to School program.
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Annual Sidewalk Replacement Project Begins

September 3, 2013 

The annual Sidewalk Replacement Project to replace existing sidewalks that have uplifted or depressed due to tree root or other damage begins this week. Each year, work is identified City-wide so that all areas typically see some repairs annually. The work will take place from late August through mid-October. The contractor is Granite Construction Company.

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De La Vina Safety Improvements Completed

August 13, 2013 
The City recently completed pedestrian safety improvements at the busy intersection of De La Vina and Figueroa Streets. New street lights were installed and curb extensions and new access ramps were constructed at all four corners.
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Chapala Street Bridge Replacement

June 13, 2013 

Construction on the Chapala Street Bridge Replacement project has begun. The City of Santa Barbara has selected Granite Construction as the general contractor. During construction, the intersection of Chapala and West Yanonali Streets (near the Amtrak Train Station) will be closed.

Bridge construction will continue through the winter of 2014. The majority of construction will occur weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and some weekend construction may occur as needed.

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Last Updated: Oct 8, 2013