Toro Creek Bridge.

Toro Creek Bridge. (Courtesy photo)

Caltrans has announced that the Toro Creek Bridge is now open to two-way traffic with final striping scheduled for next week during the daytime hours. The striping operation will result in a temporary closure of the bridge with the previous detour in place.

The bridge was one of six along State Route 192 which were damaged in the Montecito Debris Flow in January 2018.

The Arroyo Paredon Creek Bridge was completed in May, the Romero Canyon and Toro Canyon bridges were opened in January 2019 and the San Ysidro Creek Bridge was completed in April 2019. The Montecito Creek Bridge was re-opened in November 2019, so all six bridges are now complete.

Work is continuing as the contractor works to place the bicycle/pedestrian railing at all five bridges. The public will encounter continued lane closures as the contractor completes punch-list work, final striping, and demobilization. All work is anticipated to be completed by early February.

The contractor for this $20 million project to restore five bridges was Security Paving Company of Sylmar. Lash Construction of Santa Barbara was the contractor for the sixth project, the $10 million replacement of the Arroyo Paredon Bridge.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

For information on traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Santa Barbara County, call the District 5 Public Affairs Office, 805-549-3237 or visit

— Jim Shivers for Caltrans District 5.