101 Widening affecting Santa Monica Road on and along the ramps in Carpinteria

CARPINTERIA, California – Drivers attempting to refill their tanks at stations near the northbound 101 Santa Monica Road exit

will have to take detours.

The driveway is also closed.

Risdons 76 Service and Carwash on Via Real is losing business.

Owner Don Risdon said the two-month shutdown began a few weeks ago and is limiting gas sales.

Risdon said people who come in for tires, car washes, and even Van Wingerden’s flowers that are being sold for the benefit of Future Farmers of America also have to drive through other construction projects.

He said that other construction projects were underway at the same time.

The crews are also laying utility lines underground and working on a new signal, crosswalks and cycle paths.

Risdon is understanding but concerned about his people, the economic impact and the dust.

He called to complain about the dust and the crews started watering it down at night to alleviate the problem.

“The worst is the business interruption and the amount of sales I lose every day, you know, it’s less than half what I normally do, the best thing is when all is said and done we will What could be a better intersection that controls morning and evening traffic when it’s so tough it’s a long way back, “said Risdon.

Workers, residents and visitors also work around it.

Nirel Reyes works at Motel 6 on Via Real. She said the projects got her late for work.

Reyes said she used to take the freeway to work but is now driving through Carpinteria to get to her job.

Education First (EF) exchange students are also affected. Many stay at the Sandyland Reef Inn while waiting to be accommodated with local host families.

Emiline Agva from France said the construction keeps her and her friends up at night.

You are studying English at Santa Barbara City College and you need a rest to study.

Caltrans and the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) are responsible for the project, which includes freeway rebuilding, sound barriers, and landscaping.

Taxpayers take this into account.

Project spokeswoman Kirsten Ayers of Ayers and Associated said she expected the Santa Monica Road ramps to reopen on November 22nd.

We’ll learn more about the impact of the exit closings on the news tonight.

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