San Jose Creek Emergency Channel Storm Damage Repairs Underway

A repair project for a small portion of the San Jose Creek Channel is underway. Construction began September 15, 2020, and great progress has been made. The installation of new concrete mats on to the channel bottom are now in place and being connected and secured. Work is expected to be mostly completed by mid-October 2020. A map showing the location of construction is below.

The San Jose Creek Emergency Channel Repair Project replaces a portion of the existing channel floor that was damaged in winter storms in 2017 and was temporarily repaired at the end of 2017. The project will result in a permanent repair and will install new articulated concrete mats onto the channel flood consistent with the original channel replacement and fish-passage project completed in 2014. 

City of Goleta Public Works Director Charlie Ebeling said, “When the San Jose Creek Emergency Channel Repair Project is completed, the City will have restored the improved portion of the San Jose Creek Channel to its previous design condition in 2014, which will return the facility to a condition ready to properly accommodate flood waters in the channel.”

The City awarded the project to James C. Cushman Inc. out of Santa Barbara. Bengal Engineering Inc. will be providing construction oversight for the City.

City staff will be working with the contractor to minimize impacts to the public. There are no traffic impacts anticipated resulting from the construction activities.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact City Project Manager Gerald Comati at or (805) 895-0255.

Pictured: New concrete mats in San Jose Creek