The on- and off-ramps at northbound Highway 101 and Brisco Road will remain closed roughly a month longer than expected, to make up for rain that delayed the start of a traffic study.
The Arroyo Grande City Council voted Tuesday night to extend the closure to Jan. 11, 2016, after rains delayed the start of the closure by two days in September. The council directed staff to pursue a permit modification with Caltrans to extend the closure period.
The Brisco Road ramps were scheduled to be closed from Sept. 29 to Dec. 7 while a traffic study was done to examine what would happen to city traffic patterns if the ramps were closed permanently. The city has been in a years-long process to consider options for fixing the busy interchange, and is currently examining whether to close the ramps permanently or spend up to $20 million in renovations.