California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

District 5 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Jim Shivers or Colin Jones
(805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189

July 15, 2010


SANTA BARBARA COUNTY - Caltrans announced today that work has begun on a $2.5 million pavement improvement project that will result in a smoother, safer ride for motorists on State Route 154.  The project is financed primarily ($1.5 million) by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).

"My Administration is working hand-in-hand with President Obama's team to ensure stimulus dollars are pumped into California quickly and responsibly to stimulate the economy and in this instance - invest in the future of California's transportation infrastructure," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The project will resurface 18 lane miles (nine miles in each direction) of pavement on SR-154, a busy commuter and tourist route. Roadwork is expected to be completed by the end of August. All businesses and attractions in the Santa Ynez Valley/Santa Barbara area will remain accessible via SR-154, which will not be closed at any time during construction.

“Funding from the Recovery Act is helping us put people to work rebuilding California’s transportation system while providing a shot in the arm to California’s economy,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim.

“We are pleased that stimulus funds will allow us to improve the highway and create jobs,” said Craig Flowers, Project Manager of Granite Construction in Goleta, the project’s contractor.

Under Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership, California has obligated nearly $2.5 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to 931 highway, local, street, and job training transportation projects statewide.  For more information on the Recovery Act visit: