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Southbound Highway 101 will merge with the northbound lane

As Highway 101 heads south toward Ventura, it bursts into zigzag patterns of poorly erased old lane lines, punctuated by the black scorch marks left by braking motorists. As difficult as it may be to know exactly where the lanes are now, the situation becomes even more complicated from Friday, April 22 at 11 p.m., between Mussel Shoals and Faria Beach, when Caltrans moves entire lanes in order to complete work on the along the shoulders. from the highway.

First, there are two lanes along four miles of southbound freeway in Ventura County. Beginning just above Mussel Shoals – also known as the point where the man-made island of Rincon juts out into the Pacific – a southbound lane will cross the central median and occupy the northbound fast lane, which becomes a temporary southbound lane. Concrete K-tracks will line the route to guide drivers. The original southbound fast lane will remain in place, but the two slower lanes will be closed for repairs on the freeway. This will continue to the Hobson Road overpass, where the lanes all return to the southbound freeway, said Caltrans District 7 spokesman Jim Medina. Another line of K-rails will protect workers carrying out shoulder and track repairs. The southbound works are expected to take approximately nine months and be completed by January 2023.

Needless to say, speeds are reduced to 55 mph throughout the work area. Caltrans says the lanes will be wide enough to accommodate large trucks and commuter buses. More than 75,000 motorists use this stretch of Highway 101, according to 2019 statistics, said Darrin Peschka of the Ventura County Transportation Commission, and about 15,000 were counted as commuters in 2016, the highest year. latest available for this statistic.

Once the southbound work is complete, a similar lane reconfiguration will take place for the northbound freeway. Once again, the works will last approximately nine months, until approximately winter 2023-2024.

All of the jaw-dropping lane changes are part of a $48 million project, thanks in part to funding for the rehabilitation of SB1’s US 101 causeway.

Correction: This story has been revised to correct the new southbound lane configuration, start time, and updated usage information.

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