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 20, 2010


Santa Barbara County – Caltrans today announced that work has begun on a $1.9 million project that will keep the pavement on State Route 1 near Lompoc in good condition for an additional five years. The project is partially financed ($1.6 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.

Scheduled for completion in September, the project will apply a treatment known as microsurfacing to 25 lane miles of pavement on SR-1 from Harris Grade Road to California Boulevard near Lompoc. Taking action now while the pavement is still in good condition instead of waiting until it deteriorates will save the state hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“With the help of Recovery Act funds, we are able to repair our highways and local roadways at a more rapid pace and provide a smooth, safe commute for motorists,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim.

“We are pleased that stimulus funds are allowing us to improve highway safety and create much needed jobs at the same time,” said Jeffrey R. Reed, President of Valley Slurry Seal, 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: