Project to relieve traffic congestion on Hwy 101 through Pismo Beach gets funding boost

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(KSBY)- The San Luis Obispo County region is getting more than a quarter-billion dollars in transportation funding, money that will help move many projects forward.

One of the projects involves taking care of the daily traffic congestion on Highway 101 between Avila Beach and Pismo Beach, KSBY reported. 

During peak travel times, southbound Highway 101 often sees bumper-to-bumper traffic. 

“Pretty much every day from like 3 to 6, it’s pretty backed up. Every lane is pretty backed up,” said Lucas Armstrong, San Luis Obispo resident. 

There could soon be some relief to that congestion with a project to extend the existing third lane all the way to Spyglass Drive and to reconstruct the left shoulder into a part-time travel lane going southbound. 

“This would be a lane that would be used during the afternoon commute to ease congestion after 3 o’clock,” said Jim Shivers, Caltrans Public Affairs. 

The project is able to move forward thanks to $261 million from the State Transportation Improvement Program. 

With this funding, many other changes are coming to Highway 101. 

The Brisco Rd. and Grand Ave. interchanges in Arroyo Grande will be improved, as well as Tefft St. in Nipomo. 

A brand new over-crossing above Highway 101 is also in the works at Prado Rd. in San Luis Obispo.

“This project would result in a new east/west thoroughfare between US-101 and Broad Street,” Shivers added. 

By having that overpass on Prado Rd., commuters could avoid Tank Farm Road, Los Osos Valley Road or Madonna Road, which are already congested during peak hours.

The funding also includes money for the Highway 41/46 interchange at the Cholame “Y.” 

This is the largest sum of money San Luis Obispo County has received at a single time for transportation projects. 

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