Staff Report

Solvang intends to slurry seal and do other work on multiple streets with funding from Senate Bill 1, which increased gas taxes in April 2017 and vehicle registration fees in January of this year, Public Works Director Matt van der Linden announced Sept. 4.

“SB 1 provides funding for every community in California to make needed road maintenance and safety improvements,” van der Linden said, and it “will generate approximately $950,000 in road maintenance funding for the city of Solvang over the next decade.”

“We haven’t seen an investment in transportation like this in more than two decades,” he added.

In addition to sealing, the work also includes traffic striping, new bike lane striping, and pavement markings and markers.  New bicycle lanes will be installed on both sides of Chalk Hill Road/Atterdag Road from Solvang Mesa Drive to Eucalyptus Drive.

Statewide, SB 1 is expected to generate more than $5 billion annually for road repairs, to ease traffic congestion, to fill potholes, make seismic safety improvements to bridges and overpasses, and repair local streets and freeways.  California has an estimated backlog of $73 billion in local streets and roads maintenance projects.

The work in Solvang, beginning in late September, will include sections of Alisal Road, Atterdag Road, Eucalyptus Drive, Fredensborg Canyon Road, Ringsted Place, Alamo Pintado Road, Coyote Creek Road, Lark Hill Road, Maple Avenue, Chalk Hill Road, Copenhagen Drive, Aarhus Drive, Oster Sted, Vester Sted, Elverhoy Way, First Street, Juniper Drive, Fjord Drive, Pepperwood Way, Sandalwood Way, Ironwood Way, and Hickory Way.

For more information, contact van der Linden at 805-688-5575 or