Caltrans Moves Toward Bridge Demolition to Rebuild/Repair Bridges on SR 192 Following Montecito Debris Flow

Caltrans Moves Toward Bridge Demolition to Rebuild/Repair Bridges on SR 192 Following Montecito Debris Flow

Caltrans is continuing with plans to rebuild and repair six bridges along State Route 192 following debris flows and flooding in the Montecito area. This major construction effort will include rebuilding Montecito Creek (PM 8.12), Romero Canyon Creek (PM 10.92), Toro Canyon (PM 12.49) and the Arroyo Paredon Creek (PM 15.50) bridges.

The demolition of these bridges will begin Monday, May 7 and continue through early June. Caltrans will begin with removal of the Toro Canyon Bridge, followed by Romero Canyon Creek, Arroyo Paredon and Montecito Creek bridges.

Security Paving Company of Sylmar is the contractor for the $20 million, three-bridge replacement project with an expected completion in spring 2019. Lash Construction of Santa Barbara is the contractor for the $10 million replacement of the Arroyo Paredon Bridge. There is currently no estimate when construction will be completed on this bridge.

A segment of State Route 192 is open to motorists but through-traffic is strongly advised to continue using Hwy 101. State Route 192 remains closed between Sycamore Canyon/Camino Viejo Road and Cravens Lane.

Caltrans is nearing completion on the design of the new bridges and is moving toward construction at an accelerated pace. The demolition process follows the completion of the relocation and repair of utility lines by Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas.

These bridges will likely be closed for several months to through traffic, except for emergency vehicles up to the time of demolition. Barricades and locked gates will secure each location with detours available via local roads. Emergency responders will maintain access to these locked areas in the interest of public safety.

Caltrans will also demolish the bridge rails on the San Ysidro Creek (PM 9.6) and Toro Creek (PM 12.14) bridges this June. Both of these bridges remain open under one-way traffic control via stop and yield signs, which will remain in place until these repairs are complete.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones. For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Santa Barbara County, residents may call the District 5 Public Affairs Unit at (805) 549-3237  or visit


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