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Toro Creek Bridge reopens to two-way traffic after Montecito mudslides

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Caltrans District 5
The Toro Creek Bridge has almost reached completion.
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Caltrans District 5

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - Caltrans announced that the Toro Creek Bridge has officially reopened to two-way traffic. The final striping of the road is scheduled for next week during daytime hours.

The bridge will close temporarily for the striping. During this time, traffic will be directed down the previous detour.

The Toro Creek Bridge is one of six bridges along State Route 192 that was damaged during the Montecito Debris Flow in January 2018.

The Arroyo Paredon Creek Bridge was completed in May, the Romero Canyon and Toro Canyon Bridges were opened in January of 2019, the San Ysidro Creek Bridge was completed in April of 2019 and the Montecito Creek Bridge reopened in November.

With the Toro Creek Bridge's opening, all six are now complete.

Work will continue on the bridges as the contractor works to place the bicycle/pedestrian railing on five of the bridges, more striping, punch list work and demobilization. As these final changes are made, the public should expect temporary lane closures.

Caltrans expects all bridge work to be completed by early February.

The contractor for the $20 million project to restore five of the bridges was Security Paving Company of Sylmar, California. Lash Construction of Santa Barbara is the contractor for the sixth project: the $10 million replacement of the Arroyo Paredon Bridge.

For traffic updates and information about the bridge repairs, you can visit the Caltrans District 5 website or call their office at (805) 549-3237.

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