H-SANTA MARIA

Oct 23, 2012 1:32 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News (map courtesy Caltrans)

Expect a detour on Hwy 101 Wednesday night

If you're planning on driving southbound on Highway 101 through Santa Maria Wednesday night, you might want to give yourself a little extra time.

Caltrans says a detour will be in place at the southbound Highway 166 off-ramp for three hours, from 9 p.m. until midnight, so construction crews can realign the southbound lanes of Highway 101 onto a newly-constructed center median. The median will be used by motorists for about six months so improvements can be made to the existing lanes as part of the Santa Maria river bridge widening project.

The $31 million project will widen the bridge from two to three lanes in each direction with shoulders and will include a bicycle path behind a concrete barrier. The project is about 65 percent complete and is expected to wrap up in early 2014.

As part of the detour Wednesday night, motorists will be routed off Highway 101 at the southbound Highway 166 off-ramp before re-entering the southbound highway on-ramp. Cyclists traveling southbound can detour along Thompson Avenue to Highway 166 East to Bull Canyon Road to Donovan Road. Cyclists traveling northbound can detour along Donovan Road to Bull Canyon Road to Highway 166 West to Thompson Avenue.

To see Caltrans' live streaming video of the Santa Maria River Bridge, click here.

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