A portion of the new Santa Claus Lane bike path will open on Jan. 26, leaving about six feet of room for cyclists and pedestrians, as construction progresses on the Santa Claus Lane bike path project as well as the Olive Mill Roundabout.
The portion of the bike lane set to open is near Summerland, between Sheffield Drive and North Padaro Lane. The space will remain limited as crews continue building the safety barrier, and the full 12-foot width will open on Feb 1. Also on Feb. 3, northbound traffic lanes will be shifted, and the northbound off-ramp at Lillie Ave will open.
For the Olive Mill Road roundabout, Caltrans construction crews have removed old light fixtures, and will soon move on to drainage, roadway and electrical work. Drivers should be aware of flaggers at San Ysidro Road and North Jameson Lane on weekdays, from 7:30–9 a.m. and 3–5 p.m.
On the northbound side of the highway, one lane between Santa Monica Road and Sheffield Drive, as well as the on- and off-ramps at South Padaro and Santa Claus lanes and North Padaro Lane, will be closed Monday through Thursday, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., and Sunday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The off-ramp at Evans and Lillie avenues will be closed until Feb. 3, and drivers may use the off-ramp at North Padaro Lane; the on-ramp at Ortega Hill Road will be closed until Feb. 14, though drivers may use the on-ramp at Sheffield Drive and the off-ramp at Olive Mill Road will be closed for up to seven months, and drivers may use the off-ramp at San Ysidro Road.
On the southbound side, one lane between Sheffield Drive and Carpinteria Avenue will be closed Monday through Thursday, 9 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., and Sunday, from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
The southern on-ramp at Santa Claus Lane will be closed until Jan. 29, and drivers may use the detour on Via Real, Santa Ynez, Carpinteria and Reynolds avenues. The off-ramp at North Padaro Lane is expected to re-open in mid-March, and drivers may use the detour at South Padaro Lane and Via Real; the on-ramp at Olive Mill Road is expected to re-open in late February, and drivers may use the on-ramp at Sheffield Drive.