The 101 widens in Santa Barbara

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Phase 1 and 2 of the Highway 101 widening project are now complete. Graphic: South Coast HOV Lanes

If you drive Highway 101 between Ventura and Carpinteria, check out Santa Barbara County’s first car pool lanes. This completes the second of four scheduled phases within the Highway 101 widening project. City Council member Gregg Hart is the spokesperson for the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, which is overseeing the project. He hopes that, with support from the city and financial contributions at the state level, they’ll raise the money needed to close the funding gap and complete all four phases of the $425 million dollar project. However, not everyone is on board.