Caltrans Seeking Public Comment Regarding Two Separate Bridge Replacement Projects

Caltrans is requesting feedback on two project which impact the City of Goleta. The public comment period is open regarding the environmental documents for two separate Caltrans Bridge Replacement Projects.  The first project location is on Highway 217 crossing over San Jose Creek and the second project location is on Highway 101 crossing over San Jose Creek.  The bridge projects are in the vicinity, and will be coordinated with, the City of Goleta’s CIP Project No. 9006 San Jose Creek Bike Path Project.

Caltrans is requesting feedback for both of these bridge projects, comments are due by May 27, 2020.  There will be no public meetings due to the COVID-19 Stay at Home order.  Website links to both projects are listed below and residents are encouraged to visit the websites for detailed project information.

State Route 217 San Jose Creek Bridge Replacement Project

The project would replace the existing State Route 217 bridge over San Jose Creek with a wider one that would provide standard lane and shoulder widths and a standard 10-foot-wide separated bicycle and pedestrian path on the northbound side (Atascadero Creek Trail).

Learn more about the project and view the Initial Study with a Proposed Mitigative Negative Declaration here.

San Jose Creek Bridge Replacement on US Route 101

The project will replace the existing northbound and southbound San Jose Creek bridges on U.S. 101 with a new single-span bridge.  

Learn more about the project and view the Initial Study with a Proposed Negative Declaration and Environmental Assessment here.

Again, responses for both locations are due by May 27, 2020. Written comments can be submitted to Caltrans, 50 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA. 93401, Attn: Senior Environmental Planner Matt Fowler. Comments can also be emailed to Matt Fowler at or by calling (805) 542-4603.

More information on Caltrans District 5 is available at