SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. -Drivers beware! For the next five days your commute might get a little longer.
Construction of the new crossing from the 101 Freeway to Union Valley Parkway begins Monday.
"It's going to strees some people out," says commuter Gustavo Mendoza.
Starting Monday April 1st, the 101 Freeway will be shut down in both directions from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for construction every day until Friday, April 5th.
"It's going to be chaos," says Mendoza. "They have to reroute their routes for people to go to work earlier. It's just going to make it difficult."
The construction will shut down the 101 Freeway overnight from Betteravia Avenue to Clark Avenue to add an overcrossing to the Orcutt and Santa Maria Airport areas.
And though it might be a headache for some, local businesses are hoping it will bring more traffic thier way.
"It's going to increase business," says Pappy's Restaurant Manager Pamela Working. "Because from what I understand Betteravia is going to be one of those streets where they have to get off on and more exposure is what we're hoping."
Pappy's Restaurant sits on Betteravia Avenue where southbound cars will detour to Broadway before returning to the 101 Freeway at Clark Avenue.
While southbound cars will detour off Clark Avenue to Broadway before returning to the 101 Freeway at Betteravia Ave.
Commuters should expect a 15 minute delay, but some drivers say it's a small enough sacrifice for the end result.
"It will be a big benefit for the whole community if there is more lanes to run your car through," says Mendoza. "Everybody gets to go where ever they want."
The $10.3 million dollar project is expected to be completed this late this year.