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State Route 217

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Routing Routing

  1. Rte 217 Seg 1From Route 101 near Ellwood to the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB).

    Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

    This segment was not part of the 1963 definition of Route 217. It was added in 1965 by Chapter 1372 as “(a) Route 101 near Ellwood to the Goleta Campus of the University of California.”

    In 1968, Chapter 282 changed "Goleta Campus of the University of California" to "campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara".

    Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

    This segment was not defined before 1963. The route was not signed before 1964.

    Status Status

    The route is unconstructed from UCSB campus to Route 101. There are not any local roads that adequately fit the description of a traversable highway. Caltrans recommends unadopting the route, as it traverses a highly sensitive environmental area, an industrial park, and several residential subdivisions. There are no plans to construct this route by the city or the state. Note that it is not El Colegio Road and Storke Road


  2. Rte 217 Seg 2From the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) to Route 101 northwest of the City of Santa Barbara.

    Note: The state has authorized relinquishment of the portion of Route 217 from the westerly end of both the East Goleta Overhead and the Route 101/Route 217 separation structures to UCSB. Authorized by SB 532, Ch 1007, 10/10/99. This segment has not yet been relinquished, according to the CalTrans Photologs made available in 2001.

    Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

    In 1963, this segment was the entire route, and was defined as:

    “the Goleta Campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara to Route 101 northwest of the City of Santa Barbara.

    The commission shall allocate from the State Highway Fund the necessary funds for the construction of said route. The allocation of money provided for in this section shall be made out of moneys contained in the State Highway Fund available for construction of state highways in County Group No. 2, but which is not subject to Section 188.4; and expenditures from such allocation shall be credited against the expenditures required to be made pursuant to Section 188.4 in Santa Barbara County until June 30, 1963. This route shall be a memorial to the late Senator Clarence C. Ward of Santa Barbara County and shall hereafter be known as Clarence Ward Memorial Boulevard.”

    In 1965, Chapter 1371 deleted the text on funding, but the text was restored by Chapter 1372 that same year, which changed the funding text to refer to "Section (b) of this route" and added section (a).

    In 1968, Chapter 282 changed "Goleta Campus of the University of California" to "campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara"... and removed the funding text again.

    Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

    This segment was LRN 236, defined in 1955. The route was not signed before 1964.

    Status Status

    San Jose Creek Bridge No. 51-0217 Replacement (05-SB-217 0.9/1.4)

    San Jose Creek Bridge No. 51-0217 Replacement (05-SB-217 0.9/1.4) The following project was included in the final adopted 2018 SHOPP in March 2018: PPNO 2386. 05-Santa Barbara-217 0.8/1.4. Route 217 Near Goleta, from 0.2 mile south to 0.4 mile north of San Jose Creek Bridge No. 51-0217. Replace bridge. Begin Con: 4/1/2022. Total Project Cost: $30,810K.

    In June 2019, the CTC approved the following SHOPP scope amendment: 05-SB-217 0.8/1.4 0.9/1.4 PPNO 2386. Near Goleta, from 0.1 0.2 mile south to 0.4 mile north of San Jose Creek Bridge No. 51-0217. Replace bridge. Increase in construction capital is due to bridge design change from seven spans to two spans. This is necessary to reduce the impacts of columns within the creek. The new bridge requires a deeper structure depth, raising the roadway profile and requiring additional earthwork, landscaping, and working days. Increase in R/W capital is due to the larger footprint of the earthwork slopes requiring acquisitions and increase in mitigation costs. Updated cost: $42,318K
    (Source: June 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.1a.(1) Scope Item 71)

    The 2020 SHOPP, approved in May 2020, included the following Bridge Restoration item of interest (carried over from the 2018 SHOPP): 05-Santa Barbara-217 PM 0.9/1.4 PPNO 2386 Proj ID 0512000134 EA 1C360. Route 217 near Goleta, from 0.1 mile south to 0.4 mile north of San Jose Creek Bridge No. 51-0217. Replace bridge. Programmed in FY21-22, with construction scheduled to start in April 2022. Note: Construction capital and construction support phases are not authorized. Total project cost is $42,318K, with $28,034K being capital (const and right of way) and $14,284K being support (engineering, environmental, etc.).
    (Source: 2020 Approved SHOPP a/o May 2020)

    Fowler Road Extension (SB 1.1 to SB 2.2)

    In February 2012, the CTC approved for future consideration of funding a project that will extend Fowler Road from South Street to Fairview Avenue; extend Ekwill Street from Kellogg Avenue to Fairview Avenue; and add roundabouts at the Fowler Road/Fairview Avenue intersection, at the Ekwill Street/Pine Avenue intersection, and at the Route 217 northbound and southbound on- and off-ramps. This project will also add a right turn lane and modify parking on Kellogg Avenue near Hollister Avenue. The project is programmed in the 2010 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The total estimated project cost is $17,955,000 for capital and support. Construction is estimated to begin in Fiscal Year 2012-13. The scope, as described for the preferred alternative, is consistent with the project scope programmed by the Commission in the 2010 STIP. A copy of the FEIR has been provided to Commission staff. Resources that may be impacted by the project include; noise, biological resources including wetlands and Waters of the U.S. Potential impacts associated with the project can all be mitigated to below significance through proposed mitigation measures.

    The 2018 STIP, approved at the CTC March 2018 meeting, appears to allocate funding for PPNO 4611, SB 1.1/2.2, In Goleta, from 0.1 mile north of San Jose Creek Bridge to Hollister Avenue. Construct roundabouts at Hollister Avenue ramps. Extend Fowler Road from Fairview Avenue to Kellogg Avenue. Extend Ekwill Street to Kellogg Avenue. The STIP shows funding being adjusted from $9.272M to $11.372M, and the construction being delayed to FY20-21.

    The 2020 STIP, approved at the March 2020 CTC meeting, continued the financial programming for PPNO 4611 "Rt 217, Fowler and Ekwill St extensions"
    (Source: March 2020 CTC Agenda, Item 4.7, 2020 STIP Adopted 3/25/2020)

    Naming Naming

    Clarence Ward Memorial BoulevardThis section named the "Clarence Ward Memorial Boulevard". It was named by Assembly Bill 2718, Chapter 1953, in 1955. California State Senator Clarence C. Ward served the people of Santa Barbara County from 1941 to 1955. He was a former Santa Barbara District Attorney, and was one of the sponsors of the enabling law that created the Santa Barbara College of the University of California in Santa Barbara on July 1, 1944 (taking over the facilities of Santa Barbara State College).
    (Image source: AARoads)


Classified Landcaped Freeway Classified Landcaped Freeway

The following segments are designated as Classified Landscaped Freeway:

County Route Starting PM Ending PM
Santa Barbara 217 1.05 2.87

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Status Status

Unconstructed Part (1) unconstructed. Part (2) is constructed to freeway standards from Goleta to Route 101.

Freeway Freeway

[SHC 253.1] Entire route. Added to the Freeway and Expressway system in 1965.

Statistics Statistics

Overall statistics for Route 217:

Pre-1964 Legislative Route Pre-1964 Legislative Route

This route number appears not to have been assigned by the California Legislature before the 1963 renumbering.


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