The Highway 101 pedestrian undercrossing at Butterfly Lane in Montecito is now open again after an approximately 10-month closure for a major improvement project, according to Caltrans District 5.
The undercrossing — which was originally built in 1956 — had been closed since November 2021 for the project that constructed new walls and ADA-compliant stairways, and included the installation of railings, fences, and gates, electrical work, landscaping, and irrigation.
The mural inside the undercrossing was maintained during the project.
“Caltrans developed this project to improve access to the Butterfly Lane Pedestrian Undercrossing under U.S. Route 101, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Caltrans said on its website, adding that before this project, the undercrossing was inaccessible to individuals with limited mobility or who use wheelchairs.
A new walkway was also added to the Union Pacific railroad crossing at the south side of the undercrossing, with handrails, one-way pedestrian exit gates, and crossing arms with visual and audio signals.
Valencia-based C.A. Rasumussen Inc. was the contractor for the $3.7 million project.