This project will construct the Ekwill Street extension across Old Town Goleta from Kellogg Avenue to Fairview Avenue and the Fowler Road extension from Kellogg Avenue (South Street) to Technology Drive. The new streets will have two travel lanes with left turn pockets, Class II bike lanes, and sidewalks/ parkways. The project will also incorporate intersection capacity improvements (roundabouts) at the Pine Avenue intersection with Ekwill Street and at the Hollister Avenue and Route 217 ramp intersections.
Purpose and Need
The existing roadway system within Old Town Goleta has inadequate east-west circulation both North and South of Hollister Avenue and lacks direct access into the southern portions of Old Town Goleta and the Santa Barbara Airport. This project will relieve regional congestion, improve traffic circulation in Old Town Goleta, enhance bicycle and pedestrian circulation and improve access within Old Town Goleta and to the airport.
Strategic Plan Goals
Return Old Town to a Vital Center of the City
Funding for this project was a combination of Redevelopment Agency (RDA) (prior to dissolution), Goleta Transportation Improvement Program (GTIP) and State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funds. Only the STIP and GTIP funds are still available. The City is also pursuing additional grant funding from the Active Transportation Program through the California Transportation Commission.
The Project Approval and Environmental Documentation (PA&ED) phase was completed at the end of 2011. Final Design, Right of Way and permitting phases began in late 2012 and are currently well under way. The majority of permitting and right of way for the project have now been secured. Due to a shortfall in Gas Tax receipts, the California Transportation Commission pushed the construction year to 2019. The City will attempt to align this project with the construction of the Hollister Avenue Bridge replacement project and thereby minimize the disruption to the travelling public.
Teresa Lopes, P.E.