In order to safely access electrical infrastructure in the Santa Barbara area, SCE maintains sections of the Mission Canyon access road, including conducting needed road maintenance and vegetation removal to address occasional storm damage.
Storm activity over the last year damaged access roads in Santa Barbara County that are used by SCE to safely reach electrical infrastructure for necessary maintenance and repair. SCE anticipated that fixing access roads in the Mission Canyon area would require both clearing brush and minor road work.
In 2019, SCE crews performed extensive road grading, generating debris that moved down canyon slopes into Mission Creek, causing unintended impacts to the area.
SCE deeply regrets that a breakdown in our processes led to this incident. We are committed to repairing the road, stabilizing the slope where SCE crews conducted grading work and addressing the environmental impacts. SCE has made significant changes to the way we conduct our work to prevent similar issues in the future.
SCE is working with City and County of Santa Barbara, other agencies and representatives of the community to complete all needed restoration work. Though completion is expected by the end of the year, that timeline is dependent on work progress and obtaining all required agency approvals.
Trail Closures Update
Construction activities on the Road Repair Project are slated to begin the week of September 21 and continue through the end of fall 2020.
Trail closures are necessary in the immediate area beginning September 21 due to the nature of the work, including the use of heavy construction equipment, as well as the need to complete the work ahead of seasonal rains.
We recognize the importance of the trails for residents and visitors and understand the inconvenience that these closures may cause. Safety is our top priority. These temporary closures will allow for this work to be completed safely and efficiently so that the area can be reopened to hikers and visitors in a timely manner. We thank the public for their patience for this needed repair work.
A continuous closure is planned for the affected trail areas from September 21 – October 30, with active construction activities taking place Monday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Starting October 31, the trail will be open for recreational access most weekends and holidays (open from Saturday morning to Sunday evening). Construction activities will continue Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SCE will notify the public in advance of any changes in this schedule through updates on this website as well as through social channels and local media outreach (please see the map below for the affected trails). There will also be signs on key points on the trails to inform and help provide for the public’s safety.
SCE will continue to work closely with emergency response agencies to maintain adequate emergency access to the area during the repair work. SCE has put in place safety and fire mitigation protocols to ensure its crews are prepared for the possibility of fire during the dry summer season, as well as for other possible emergency conditions. Parking restrictions will also be in effect in the immediate construction area.
Please see the map and project documents below for the portions of trails that will be affected.