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Highway 33 north of Ojai is closed until early February

Highway 33 north of Ojai is closed until early February
Mud and debris covers Highway 33 north of Ojai on Jan. 9 after rainstorms that also shut the 101 Freeway. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Highway 33 north of Ojai won't reopen at least until early February, ruling out using the mountain route as a detour around the big 101 Freeway closure from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara. Highway 33 from the 101 Freeway remains open to travelers heading to Ojai.

The roadway north of Ojai that winds through Los Padres National Forest is closed between Fairview and Lockwood Valley roads at least until Feb. 7 because of cleanup from mudslides and debris flows that began during the Jan. 9 rains, according to a Caltrans post on Twitter (@CaltransDist5).

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Drivers hoping to detour on the northern part of Highway 33 to get to Santa Barbara by Highway 166 are out of luck.

For Southern California travelers heading north, the 101 Freeway closure has turned an 87-mile drive to Santa Barbara into a 253-mile detour on Interstate 5 and Highway 166.

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The estimate on reopening Highway 33 comes days after Caltrans said the 101 Freeway would remain closed at least until Monday as crews continue cleanup operations, primarily in the Montecito area. No reopening date has been set.

Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner is up and running between San Diego and San Luis Obispo, with stops in Ventura, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. The rail line has added cars to 10 trains, providing about 2,000 additional seats each day to accommodate an increase in passengers to the Santa Barbara area. Info: Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, (800) 872-7245

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