Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project Update

Over the next month, pile installation will continue for both the mountain side of the new Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge and the temporary pedestrian bridge in the park. Pile installation is a combination of “twist and turn” and vibratory piles to reduce local area impacts for businesses and visitors.

Following pile installation, old bridge removal will begin on the mountain side of Cabrillo Boulevard. Crews will also begin installing sheet piles for upcoming creek improvements. Creek bank protection enhancements will begin on the beach side for future creek widening and restoration.

Throughout Stage 2, the mountain side of Cabrillo Boulevard will remain closed near the bridge. One lane in each direction remains open on Cabrillo Boulevard during daytime construction for vehicular use. Helena Avenue is closed to vehicles at Cabrillo Boulevard, but access will remain for pedestrians, bikes, and segways. The majority of the parking lot at 21 Helena Avenue is closed for construction staging.

To accommodate the work area, the left turn lane from westbound Cabrillo Boulevard to Stearns Wharf is closed. Motorists will be able to enter Stearns Wharf from State Street and eastbound Cabrillo Boulevard. Detour signs are in place to highlight access around the closures.

In addition, a City contractor will be replacing an old water main on Yanonali Street between Anacapa and Santa Barbara Streets between May 4th and 15th. In these two blocks, Yanonali Street will be closed to through traffic with a detour provided on Montecito Street. The Stearns Wharf detour for westbound Cabrillo Boulevard traffic will remain open for use.

In the park area, sidewalks and pedestrian pathways remain open with temporary pathways as needed to accommodate utility and bridge work.

Fall 2014 - 2016:
The Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project includes a new bridge, enhanced Mission Creek banks, and improved pedestrian areas. Cabrillo Boulevard, surrounding businesses, parks, Stearns Wharf, and the Arts and Crafts Show will remain open throughout construction. Arts and Crafts Show booths near the restrooms have been moved closer to the skate park, so please look for and support your favorite artists throughout construction.

For more information, please visit or call 805-897-2637. If you have questions or would like to add/remove someone to these project updates, please respond to this email.


Kirsten Ayars 805-845-5682

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