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Construction Continues for the Vision Zero State Street Undercrossing Project

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Construction along the east side of the Vision Zero State Street Undercrossing Project (Project) continues for the next ten weeks, after the recent completion of sidewalk widening under the Underpass. The next stage includes reconstruction of the sidewalks, sidewalk access ramps, and crosswalks on State Street at Yanonali and Gutierrez Streets. This stage may impact vehicle traffic on Yanonali, Gutierrez, and State Streets. Detours will be in place when road closures are absolutely required to complete construction. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained through the Undercrossing on the west side of State Street. These detours will be limited as much as possible. The City is working diligently with the construction management team and contractors to minimize the impact on the public.

The Project connects the City’s two most active transportation-oriented neighborhoods: Downtown and the Waterfront. The Project improves safety and appropriately rebalances space for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists through the Undercrossing between Yanonali and Gutierrez Streets.  The Project will widen sidewalks on each side of State Street from eight feet to 15 feet. On-street bike lanes will be increased from five to seven feet in width and will have a two-to-three-foot protected buffer. The new roadway configuration includes one vehicle lane in each direction, a painted median for emergency access, and reconfigured turn lanes at both Yanonali and Gutierrez Streets. Additional enhancements include new pedestrian safety lighting and protective railings, reconstructed bridge columns to improve safety and aesthetics, new plantings in the upper planters, irrigation repairs, street tree removal and replacement, and modifications to the intersections at State and Gutierrez Streets and State and Yanonali Streets to reduce crossing distances for pedestrians.

We appreciate your continued support and patience. For more information about the Project, email StateStUndercrossing@SantaBarbaraCA.gov or visit the Project website at SantaBarbaraCA.gov/StateStUndercrossing.