Reduced Speed Limit on Highway 246

The speed limit on a particular stretch of Highway 246 is getting lowered after fatal crashes prompted Santa Ynez Valley residents to speak up. In March, a Santa Ynez Valley Union High School student was fatally struck by a vehicle in front of the school. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the area in question is a 2.3-mile stretch between the Janin Acres neighborhood and Meadowvale Road. Currently, the speed limit is 55 miles per hour, but it’s getting reduced to 45 miles per hour.

There are multiple schools and a YMCA in the area. After residents complained about the dangerous stretch of road, Caltrans prepared an engineering and traffic survey to determine if the speed limit could be safely lowered. Once all of the new signs are installed, the new speed limit will take effect.

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