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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?

If SB1 is repealed in the November 2018 election by the passage of Proposition 6, the $15.056 million of construction funding will be deprogrammed from the ATP Program, as the funding source is directly provided by SB1 revenues.  In the event that SB1 is repealed, the City may have to pursue future grant opportunities in order to fund construction. If the construction funding remains programmed as-is, construction is anticipated to begin in late 2019, with an estimated construction duration of one year.


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Last Updated: Oct 16, 2018
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