Come next winter, Santa Barbara residents may no longer be sloshing through the Westside’s famous flooded intersections. The first phase of the Westside storm drain project in the late 1990s resulted in Harding School’s footbridge over Robbins Street. The second and final phase is slated to commence TK and last for eight months, with workers installing five-foot-wide storm drains to replace the existing 24-inch drains. The changes will begin at Chino and Micheltorena streets and move eastward. Lash Construction employees will work block by block to minimize inconvenience to residents, with each block taking about two weeks to complete. Announced with fanfare by 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal and Mayor Marty Blum, the storm drain replacement is a cooperative project between the city and the county, with the latter shouldering 75 percent of the $4.7 million cost.

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