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Las Positas Modoc Road Bicycle & Pedestrian Path ProjectPublic Works


What is this project?

This project proposes to construct a 2.6 mile-long separated pathway for bicyclists, runners, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities along Las Positas and Modoc Roads.


Where will the pathway be located?

The pathway will start on the south side of Modoc Road at Calle De Los Amigos and continue east to the west side of Las Positas Road, then veer south along Las Positas Road to Cliff Drive.


What are the benefits of this project?

  • Improved safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Increased walking and biking opportunities.
  • Improved access to Elings Park, Arroyo Burro Beach, Douglas Family Preserve, etc.
  • Connection to Coast Bike Route – bike from the Santa Barbara Waterfront to Goleta Beach!

How much will this project cost?

  • Design and Environmental Review: $2.2 million
  • Construction Estimate: $13 - $15 million

How is this project funded?

The City of Santa Barbara received $1.37 million in grant funding through Cycle 1 of the Federal Active Transportation Program (ATP) to design this project, with the remaining design costs being provided by the City. The City was recently awarded $15.056 million of Cycle 3A ATP funds - funded directly from State Gas Tax (SB1) revenues for construction of the project.


When will the pathway be constructed?

Advanced Tree Removals
In compliance with the Project’s environmental requirements, tree removals along Modoc Road between Calle de los Amigos and Las Positas Road will be performed in advance of the path construction, prior to the nesting bird season. Construction of the path will include the planting of replacement trees in accordance with the Project’s approved environmental document.


Path Construction
Construction of the path is anticipated to begin in in July/August 2020, with an estimated 18-month construction duration, which will include the planting of replacement trees and landscaping.

What does the proposed design currently look like?

Path Layout
Path Renderings and Cross Sections


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Last Updated: May 22, 2020
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