More Bridges Open

By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   March 14, 2019

Earlier this week Caltrans announced the opening of three more bridges on Highway 192: the San Ysidro Creek Bridge, Romero Canyon Creek Bridge, and the Toro Canyon Creek Bridge are now open to two-way traffic. These bridges were rebuilt following the debris flows and flooding in January 2018. 

Motorists will encounter protective barriers on these bridges until the permanent railing has been installed. Construction at the San Ysidro Bridge includes installing bicycle railing, guardrail, and crash cushions. Motorists should drive safely in these areas.

Construction is continuing at the following bridges:

Montecito Creek Bridge: Construction continues seven days a week from 7 am until 6 pm, weather permitting to maintain the integrity of the construction site and surrounding area during the rainy season. This bridge is expected to re-open to traffic with some restrictions by July.

The Toro Creek Bridge: New bridge rails have been installed on the upstream side with work construction now focusing on the downstream side. This bridge is open with one-way reversing traffic control until project completion. All lanes of this bridge are expected to re-open in June.

Arroyo Paredon Bridge: The new bridge and drainage structures are complete. The impacts of the winter storm season and ongoing utility work has resulted in a projected opening to traffic by late March. Project completion is expected this spring. Remaining work includes reconstruction of the roadway, installation of bicycle rails, guardrail, crash cushions and erosion control.

A segment of State Route 192 is open to motorists but through traffic is strongly advised to continue using US 101. State Route 192 remains closed at multiple locations between Sycamore Canyon/Camino Viejo Road and Cravens Lane. Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

Casa Dorinda Resident Killed in Accident

At approximately 10:25 am on Saturday, March 2, 77-year-old Emmett Wallace MacCorkle, a resident of Casa Dorinda in Montecito, was struck and killed by a delivery truck on the property of the retirement community. The driver of the truck, 55-year-old Randy Eiquihua, had just delivered the truck’s contents and was backing up when it struck the man in the driveway. 

The driver was not cited in the incident, which was deemed an accident.


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