020419 154 closed

Workers pump water that flooded a ravine behind a blocked drain culvert on Highway 154, east of Cachuma Lake, on Feb. 4. 

Highway 154 will remain closed from the junction with Highway 246 near Santa Ynez to Paradise Road for the foreseeable future, after damage from last weekend’s storm resulted in a blocked culvert.

The California Department of Transportation launched an emergency project to clear the culvert, which is south of Cachuma Lake, but there is no estimate for when the highway will reopen, a Caltrans spokesman said.

Caltrans crews have made progress using cameras and pumps to clear water from the culvert, which is located approximately 40 feet below the road surface, the spokesman said.

Businesses along Highway 154, including the area near Stagecoach Road, remain open.

The spokesman said motorists should drive carefully through any highway work zones and suggested Highway 101 be used as detour. 

For traffic updates on other state highways in Santa Barbara County, motorists are asked to call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318 or visit the District 5 website at www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm.

Razi Syed covers Santa Maria City Government for Lee Central Coast Newspapers.  Follow him on Twitter @razisyed

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