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Caltrans accelerates repairs on Highway 101 in San Benito County due to SB 1 funds

Pavement project will improve two interchanges in 4.5 lane miles, providing a safer and smoother commute for motorists.
Where road work will take place. Photo provided.
Photo provided.

Information provided by Caltrans.

Caltrans will repair 4.5 lane miles of U.S. Highway 101 at two interchanges due to the funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“US-101 is a major artery for commuters and tourists who travel through these busy interchanges,” Caltrans Director Laurie Berman said. “This improvement project was made possible by SB 1, and we are moving at full steam ahead to make these aging roads smoother and safer for motorists.”

An average of 60,000 vehicles per day use the corridor to reach their destination, which includes approximately 8,000 truckers transporting freight through the area, according to a recent Caltrans press release.

“It is important that we maintain the infrastructure in this region to prevent more costly repairs in the future,” Caltrans District 5 Director Tim Gubbins said. “A lot of people rely on US-101 in San Benito County as an agricultural and tourism route.”

The contractor for the $1.4 million project is Telfer Pavement Technologies of Sacramento, CA. Starting July 22, motorists should expect full ramp closures overnight at the State Route 129 and Betabel Road interchanges on an alternating basis from Sunday night through Friday morning from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Detour signs and electronic message boards will be posted to alert motorists of 10 to 15-minute delays.

The project is scheduled for completion in late October 2018.

Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, use alternate routes, and be alert in the work zone. Work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues.

More information and updates on projects can be found at: or on Twitter via @CaltransD5.

SB 1 provides an ongoing funding increase of about $1.8 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitiation of the state highway system. SB 1 funds are expected to enable Caltrans to fix over 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges, and 55,000 culverts by 2027.

Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit


BenitoLink Staff