State Route 154 Drainage Rehabilitation Project

Project Description

Caltrans proposes to rehabilitate existing drainage system structures (culverts), add traffic management systems, and repair pavement along State Route 154 in Santa Barbara County. The project would repair or replace multiple drainage systems at various locations along State Route 154 to improve drainage functionality and longevity as well as protect the roadway and embankments from potential culvert failure. The existing culvert condition, location and surrounding terrain will determine the appropriate method for repair or replacement at each spot. New traffic management systems would be installed within the state right-of-way to improve traffic monitoring and information. And, the existing pavement at the Rancho Cielo Vista Point would be restored to address issues of wear and deterioration.

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Project Benefits


The purpose of the project is to improve assets in poor condition by restoring damaged culverts, improving traffic monitoring, and extending the service life of existing pavement. 


Drainage system reports produced by the Caltrans Culvert Inspection Program recommend the repair or replacement of damaged culverts that are in poor condition due to corrosion, deformation, or perforation, or that are in an overall state of deterioration having the potential to result in roadway or embankment failure. Existing traffic management systems need improving, requiring the installation of additional traffic management systems to better collect traffic data and provide traffic information to the public. The existing pavement at the Rancho Cielo Vista Point is exhibiting severe wear and distress and, if left uncorrected, will continue to deteriorate.

Estimated Funding Breakdown

Estimates are as of October 2022

Funding Source Funding Amount
State $1,996,583
Federal $15,410,417
Construction Cost $12,740,000  


Proposed Project Schedule

Process Date
Final environmental document to be completed March 2023
Right-of-way acquisition to be completed May 2024
Design to be completed February 2024
Advertise September 2024
Construction to begin April 2025
Construction to be completed April 2026


Project Contact

Public Information Office, Caltrans District 5
Phone: (805) 549-3318

Sherri Martin, Project Manager
Phone: (805) 788-8973

Matt Fowler, Senior Environmental Planner
Phone: (805) 542-4603



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Title VI Information

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) assures that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and Federal Executive Order 12898 (Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations).

Caltrans will make every effort to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether they are federally funded or not, and that services and benefits are fairly distributed to all people, regardless of race, color, or national origin. In addition, Caltrans will facilitate meaningful participation in the transportation planning process in a nondiscriminatory manner.