Drivers traveling between the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Barbara on Highway 154 can continue to expect multiple delays and one way traffic controls as crews work on several different projects.

The work is taking place in the following four locations:

At the intersection of highways 154 and 246, crews are creating new turn lanes, a westbound passing lane just east of the intersection, and paving the roadway

At the intersection with Paradise Road, construction of new turn and median lanes is finished, but striping, signage and a drainage ditch work is still underway

East of Painted Cave Road, there is construction of drainage facilities and a larger turnout area

At the Vista Point west of Cold Spring Bridge, work is ongoing on a new retaining wall for a new turn lane into the scenic overlook area.

All of the projects are on the same work schedule, from 8:30 a.m. 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. 2 p.m. Delays of up to 15 minutes with reverse traffic control, monitored by flagmen and California Highway Patrol officers, are in place as needed.

The work is being funded by Measure D, the half-cent transportation sales tax measure that is up for reaffirmation on the Nov. 4 ballot via Measure A.

The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, which administers Measure D funds, says it has spent $26 million on Highway 154 improvements since 1989.

According to SBCAG budgeting documents, $12 million has been budgeted for passing lanes and other safety improvements on Highway 154. The current projects are costing $5 million, spokeswoman Kirsten Ayars said. Granite Construction is the contractor.

For the most current updates on the projects day-to-day, call 1-888-SB-ROADS (1-888-727-6237).

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