Pismo Congestion Relief Pilot Project
Please see below or click here for information about the Virtual Public Meeting held on October 20, 2020
Caltrans, in partnership with San Luis Obispo County of Governments, is proposing a pilot project to address peak-period congestion on southbound US 101 by constructing a left-shoulder part-time travel lane from San Luis Obispo Creek to the railroad overhead in Pismo Beach. The southbound left shoulder would be widened to accommodate the lane, which would be open daily during periods of heavy afternoon traffic as well as special events. A new park-and-ride lot in Pismo Beach is also proposed.
Purpose: The purpose of the project is to reduce travel delays that diminish the efficient operation of US 101 through Shell Beach and Pismo Beach in the southbound direction during periods of heavy traffic volumes.
Need: US 101 within the project limits cannot efficiently manage existing traffic volumes that accumulate when large numbers of drivers exit the City of San Luis Obispo within a short period of time. This typically happens during the evening work commute, on summer weekends, and when there are popular events in the communities to the south.
Estimated Funding Breakdown
- Regional Discretionary Funds: $10,901,000
- SB 1 Grants: $47,110,000
- Unprogrammed: $3,089,000
- Construction Cost: $61,100,000
Proposed Project Schedule
- Final Environmental document to be completed: Fall 2021
- Design to be completed: Fall 2023
- Advertise: Winter 2024
- Construction to begin: Summer 2024
- Construction to be completed: Spring 2026
Project Manager: Paul Valadao
Phone: (916) 764-9123
Senior Environmental Planner: Lara Bertaina
Phone: (805) 542-4610
Environmental Document Preparer: Paula Huddleston
Phone : (805) 549-3063
Public Information Office: Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3237
A public meeting was held on October 20, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom.
To View a Recording of the Meeting, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTgmYQ1coMo&t