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Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements on East Cabrillo Boulevard and Replacement of the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge ProjectPublic Works

What is this Project?

The Project would construct pedestrian and bicycle improvements on East Cabrillo Boulevard between Los Patos Way and the Cabrillo Interchange, to provide safe coastal access for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Project would reconfigure the intersection of East Cabrillo Boulevard and Los Patos Way and replace the existing Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) Bridge.

Where is this Project located?

The Project is located along East Cabrillo Boulevard between Los Patos Way and the US Highway 101 southbound ramps.

What are the benefits of this Project?

  • Creates a safe corridor along East Cabrillo Boulevard for pedestrian and bicyclists.
  • Improves access and connectivity to and from the Beachway, Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Chase Palm Park, Santa Barbara Zoo, beaches, and the Waterfront and Harbor, and to commercial areas along Los Patos Way and Coast Village Road.
  • Reduces traffic congestion and improves mobility by constructing a roundabout at the intersection of East Cabrillo Boulevard and Los Patos Way.
  • Replaces the narrow existing UPRR Bridge with a new bridge spanning over a widened roadway with standard lane widths, shoulders, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The proposed bridge width also accommodates a dedicated right turn lane on eastbound East Cabrillo Boulevard for the southbound onramp proposed with the South Coast 101 HOV Lanes project, which would improve the operations of the reconfigured interchange.

How much will this Project cost?

  • Preliminary Design and Environmental Review: $800,000
  • Final Design: Approx. $2,000,000
  • Construction Estimate: TBD

How is this Project funded?

The City of Santa Barbara has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments to manage the Project design, which is primarily funded through a Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant and State Transportation Improvement Program funds. Over the coming years, construction funds will be sought from competitive state and federal grant sources that fund roadway safety, pedestrian, and bicycle improvements.

When will this Project be constructed?

Funding for construction has not yet been identified, so there is no construction timeframe yet. City staff plans to apply for construction funding through future available grants, including the next Active Transportation Program and HSIP grant cycles.

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Project Resources

Project Fact Sheet


Last Updated: Oct 10, 2018
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