The Windy Gap section is east of Painted Cave Road, on the Santa Barbara side, where the highway is cut between two distinctive rock formations, Caltrans spokesman Colin Jones told Noozhawk.
“It doesn’t show up on Google Maps, but we and the CHP use the term frequently,” he said in an email.
Some locals may identify it differently.
Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason, a longtime local and photojournalist, said the easiest way to describe Windy gap is between North San Marcos Road on the west and San Antonio Road on the east.
The more local way to describe it is west of the power lines and east of the 35 mph curve, he said.
As a bonus, the “hot-shot local” way to describe it is Highway 154 just east of Arnoldi curve, Eliason added.