Caltrans on Monday released an update on the Highway 192 bridge repairs in response to damage caused by the Montecito debris flows in January 2018.
The bridge deck for the new Montecito Creek Bridge is being installed. Construction continues seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. as weather allows. The bridge is expected to reopen to traffic with some restrictions in July.
New bridge rails have been installed on the upstream side of the Toro Creek Bridge. Work is now focused the downstream side. The bridge is open with one-way reversing traffic control until the project is complete. All lanes of the bridge are expected to re-open in June.
Utility work on Arroyo Paredon Bridge is expected to be completed by mid-April with final paving scheduled for early May. The bridge is expected to reopen to the public in mid-May.
“Barricades and locked gates will continue to secure the Montecito Creek and Arroyo Paredon Creek locations with detours available via local roads. Emergency responders will maintain access to these locked areas for public safety,” the Caltrans statement reads.
Caltrans has installed crash cushions on the San Ysidro Creek Bridge, Romero Canyon Creek Bridge and the Toro Canyon Creek Bridge. These bridges remain open to two-way traffic.
Parts of Highway 192 are open to motorists but through traffic is strongly advised to continue using Highway 101. The 192 remains closed at multiple locations between Sycamore Canyon, Camino Viejo Road and Cravens Lane.
For more information on the projects and for traffic updates, residents can call the District 5 Public Affairs Office at 549-3237 or visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/paffairs/release.htm#sb