Thursday, October 2, 2014

Caltrans and Partners Inaugurate new Bike Path and Pedestrian Undercrossing

Caltrans, the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) and the Santa Barbara Council of Governments (SBCAG) inaugurated a new Class I bike path and pedestrian undercrossing at a September 29th event in the unincorporated area of La Conchita. 

The event included La Conchita residents and members of various Ventura County and Santa Barbara County bike clubs as well as speakers from the three agencies. 

"This is a working example of Caltrans’ updated and expanded mission to provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability," said Caltrans Construction Deputy Mark Archuleta.

·   "To the residents of La Conchita, who have waited so long for this pedestrian undercrossing, this is the day we fulfill our promise to provide safe, convenient access to one of our great California resources. From now on, life is a day at the beach."

Caltrans Construction Deputy Mark Archuleta addresses the crowd

The bike path and pedestrian undercrossing are part of a six-mile carpool lane project from Mobil Pier in Ventura County to Casitas Pass Road in Santa Barbara County. The southbound HOV lane is now open from Casitas Pass Road to Highway 33 northbound from Bates Road to Carpinteria. The entire project is expected to complete next spring.

Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett (L), an avid cyclist, speaks with Caltrans Environmental Deputy Ron Kosinski.

Colorful decorations and refreshments, provided by the Ventura County Transportation Commission, helped create a festive atmosphere.