Goleta Finishes First Roundabout

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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A big deal for the Goodland, Goleta’s first roundabout at Los Carneros Road and Calle Real opened 11/8 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by about three dozen city employees, law enforcement personnel, councilmembers, and area residents. The $1.5 million project took four months to finish — it was completed 18 days ahead of schedule — and was funded through a combination of Goleta Transportation Improvement Program (GTIP) funds and State and Local Partnership Program (SLPP) grand funds.


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So the cost of replacing 3 perfectly working stop signs was $1.5-million? Got it. Must have had some cutting-ribbon that was fast approaching its Best Used By date.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 9:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I drive through there almost every day. It's pretty, I must admit. Were the stop signs there really worth $1.5M to replace? In my opinion, not.

Many are still perplexed by it though. I often see people stopping there when there is no need to.

Botany (anonymous profile)
November 18, 2012 at 9:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This intersection had previously had a number of accidents (before the stop signs). The stop signs were a temporary measure while the engineering on the roundabout was done. This roundabout was called for in Goleta's General Plan and the timing was appropriate because of the impacts Caltrans Las Vegas/San Pedro creek project will have on the Fairview on and off ramps. (The northbound on ramp will be closed for 12-18 months while they're doing their work). Learn more at

PIOGoleta (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 10:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The PIO cannot explain changing a simple 4 way stop to a 1.5 million dollar experiment no matter what excuse she uses. This $-way, I mean round-about, was efficient before, now just you do not have to stop. However, the two lanes that are forced together after coming over the overpass toward Calle Real is a poor design at best. The right turn lane should have had a yield rt lane like the round abouts in SB and the right turn on Hollister where new Bank of Mont is. Why force two lanes into one where most of the traffic comes from during peak times? I expect a "number of accidents" from that two lane merge.

Dont_mess_with_Goleta (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2012 at 10:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It was never a four-way stop, only three. There is no Montecito Bank & Trust at Hollister/Los Carneros/Calle Real.
That said, it's still a nutty place for a round-about and it's design is really weird. If there were a number of accidents at that simple intersection before, making it more complex isn't going to help.
I generally like roundabouts, this one seems to be a stupid waste of money.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 23, 2012 at 11:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr Ken, you are right it actually was a "3-way" stop, my bad. The right turn yield lane I refer to is turning from Stork onto Hollister going west near Costco. You will find a new Bank of Mont / Vitamin Shoppe there now, was a Union 76 Gas station for years.

Dont_mess_with_Goleta (anonymous profile)
November 24, 2012 at 9:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Remember that little gas station on Hollister a block from los Carneros?
There are so many empty building in that corridor, all is needed is refurbishing and you wouldn't have to destroy wetlands to build a new Target.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 24, 2012 at 11:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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