Sinkhole was found on Dec. 27.

Sinkhole was found on Dec. 27. (Courtesy photo)

The southbound Highway 101 on-ramp at Turnpike Road remains closed due to a sinkhole between the on-ramp and the right shoulder of the southbound lanes. The sinkhole was discovered Dec. 27, followed by the closure of the on-ramp to maintain public safety. Caltrans and the contractor immediately began developing a repair strategy.

Caltrans started excavation work under an emergency contract on Jan. 10 with construction planned to take place 6 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. Construction activities include replacing the entire length of deteriorated corrugated steel pipe at depths of up to 40 feet below the surface.

It is anticipated the ramp will re-open the week of Feb. 3, weather permitting.

Motorists headed southbound may enter Hwy. 101 at South Patterson Avenue or State Street and can expect delays not to exceed 10 minutes.

Contractor for the $1 million project is Granite Construction of Santa Barbara.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway construction zones. For traffic updates in Santa Barbara County, call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs, 805-549-3318, or visit

— City of Goleta.