Milpas Street at US Highway 101 Operational Improvements Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Santa Barbara
Document Title
Milpas Street at US Highway 101 Operational Improvements Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The need for the Milpas Street at US Highway 101 Operational Improvements Project (Project) was identified during the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared for the US Highway 101 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and Widening Project (Highway 101 HOV Project). The Highway 101 HOV Project traffic analysis determined the widening project would cause delays at the Milpas Street and US 101 Highway southbound off-ramp. The purpose of the subject Project is to mitigate the traffic flow (Level of Service) impacts along this corridor caused by the completion of the Highway 101 HOV Project. The Project improvements include: traffic signal modifications and installing new traffic signals and foundations; realigning the sidewalk on the north side of Milpas Street near the intersection of Milpas Street and Hutash Street; modifying the lane layout and restriping at the Milpas Street and Hutash Street intersection; and extending the existing median south of the Highway 101 underpass to the intersection of Milpas Street and Cacique Street. The Project will require ten street trees to be removed and nine street trees to be planted per City Arborist direction. Per the Highway 101 HOV Project’s EIR, the Project will be constructed in advance of the Highway 101 HOV Project. The EIR did not analyze potential environmental effects of the mitigation project, therefore the City is addressing this project subsequently.

Contact Information

Kaitlin Mamulski
Agency Name
City of Santa Barbara
Job Title
Project Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
Southern California
Parcel #
017-251-007,010,011,017 & 017-240-024,025 & 017-203-013 & 017-284-003

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301 Existing Facilities Class 1 (c), 15303 New Construction (d) and 15304 Minor Alterations to Land (a) and (f)
Reasons for Exemption
The Project involves repair and maintenance of existing public roadway within City and CalTrans ROW. Per Office of Planning and Research, the left turn lane would not warrant an induced travel analysis as identified in OPR’s SB 743 Technical Advisory (page 21). The project would not result in a substantial or measurable increase in vehicle travel. New traffic signals and lighting falls under 15303-New Construction, and minor grading, landscaping, and trenching falls under 15304 Minor Alterations to Land.
County Clerk
Santa Barbara


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