Friday, October 20, 2017

Making repairs when Mother Nature strikes: The La Conchita Bike Path

Earlier this month, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) crews made critical repairs to part of the La Conchita Bike Path in Ventura County.

Over the course of four days, workers restored the surface to a 30-foot section of the bike path that washed away, and put in new fencing on the path's northbound side.

From Oct. 10 to Oct. 13, Caltrans crews replaced a 30-foot section of the La Conchita Bike Path that washed away during winter storms in February.
Section of La Conchita Bike Path near Mussel Shoals that washed away during winter storm.
The two-way bike path opened in fall 2014 , and runs parallel to U.S. 101 and Pacific Ocean from just south of Mobil Pier Road in Ventura County to Casitas Pass Road in Santa Barbara County.

The bike path was part of a $102 million Caltrans project that began in spring 2012, and included the construction of a six-mile carpool lane, a pedestrian undercrossing in La Conchita, and other drainage and landscaping improvements.

Area where La Conchita Bike Path and new carpool lane is located on U.S. 101.
When Mother Nature Strikes

But earlier this year, a series of February storms that brought record rain to the region damaged multiple locations along U.S. 101 from the Main Street on-ramp in Ventura to the Ventura/Santa Barbara County line.

The slides prompted full closures on U.S. 101 as Caltrans crews and other partnering agencies like California Highway Patrol and the Ventura County Fire Department worked to maintain safe access to an essential route along the California coast.

The storms not only damaged part of the La Conchita Bike Path and U.S. 101, but also caused sinkholes, debris flow and erosion damage.
Director's Order

In order to prevent any long-term closures or disruptions to U.S. 101, more than $3 million in emergency funding was requested to complete necessary repairs, including work on the La Conchita Bike Path.

Other work included repairs to sinkholes, clearing and reconnecting drainage systems, and stabilizing slopes.
Sinkhole that formed following winter storms.

The request for the work was done through what is called a Director's Order. It allows Caltrans to expedite critical work during an emergency by making exceptions to the normal contract bidding process.

An emergency could be an unexpected event, like a storm, flood, fire, earthquake, or other natural disaster that causes damage to or threatens any state-owned structure such as a bridge, dam or other highway facility.

Anytime there is an unexpected event that causes damage to our state's highways and freeways, there are measures in place for Caltrans to act quickly, and work to make our state's transportation system safe and accessible to the millions of Californians that use them.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Making progress on I-210 (Foothill Freeway) Pavement Rehabilitation Project

A $148.5 million dollar project to replace and repair pavement along the I-210 (Foothill Freeway) corridor is entering the final stretch.

Since Spring 2015, Caltrans has been working on a 9.7 mile section of I-210 from the La Crescenta-Montrose area of Glendale to Pasadena that will provide a smoother and safer drive for motorists when the project is slated to be finished by Summer 2018.
The I-210 Pavement Rehabilitation project is scheduled to finish Summer 2018.
Crews put in precast concrete slab.
The project is now 76 percent complete, with current work focusing on replacing concrete pavement on outside lanes between the Glendale Freeway (SR-2) and the Ventura Freeway (SR-134).

In addition to repaving and replacing lanes with precast slabs, crews are adding new concrete median barriers and guardrails, re-striping lanes, upgrading signs and sign structures and reconstructing curb ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Crews will also be repainting tunnels, and adding new electrical and lighting.

  • Westbound I-210 connector to Del Mar Boulevard/California Boulevard exit
Since Oct. 11, the westbound I-210 connector to the Del Mar/California Boulevard exit has been closed daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for tunnel repairs. During the closure, crews are washing and then repainting the tunnel.

The connector is scheduled to reopen Friday, Oct. 20, but will close again intermittently for crews to add new lighting.
  • Westbound I-210 Berkshire Place off-ramp
Since Sept. 25, the westbound Berkshire off-ramp has been closed for crews to pave roads across the ramp. It is scheduled to reopen Oct. 27.
  • Eastbound I-210 Lincoln Avenue on-ramp
The on-ramp closed around 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16 and will remain closed until 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30 for repairs.

During the closure, crews will replace pavement on the auxiliary lane, or the lane between the on and next off ramp.

Detour signs will be posted. To access eastbound I-210, motorists may use the Windsor Avenue/Arroyo Boulevard or Mountain Street on-ramps.

The Lincoln on-ramp will temporarily open Saturday, Oct. 21 around 3 p.m. for fans leaving the UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl, and stay open until about two hours after the game ends.


Motorists should anticipate more connector, lane and on/off ramp closures until the scheduled project completion date of Summer 2018.

                  Westbound I-210 Berkshire on-ramp will close for up to 45 days starting Oct. 30.

  • Westbound I-210 Berkshire Place on-ramp & Foothill Boulevard off-ramp
Starting Oct. 30, the westbound Berkshire Place on-ramp and Foothill Boulevard off-ramp will close for up to 45 days. Motorists may experience delays and should plan ahead.
  • Various lanes, ramps and connectors from Lowell Avenue to Mountain Street
Intermittent closures during weeknights will continue from Lowell Avenue to Mountain Street until Summer 2018, when the project is scheduled to be complete

All closures are weather permitting and subject to change.


The Foothill Freeway is a major thoroughfare that serves drivers between Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. As a result, new roads are needed to ensure I-210 can remain a safe, efficient and viable transportation network for drivers.

The roadway improvements are intended to extend the pavement life for 40 years, minimizing the need for maintenance and ultimately, further closures.

Caltrans appreciates the community's understanding, and patience, during these improvements to the Foothill Freeway.

And as you are traveling through the construction zone, remember to "Be Work Zone Alert" and "Slow for the Cone Zone."

Thursday, October 12, 2017



Northbound I-710 Connector to Eastbound State Route 91
Will CLOSE for 55-hours Beginning Friday, October 20th

(NORTH LONG BEACH) The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) today announced the closure of the northbound I-710 connector to eastbound SR91 (Artesia Freeway) for 55 hours starting Friday October 20, 2017 for bridge repair. Closure times are:

From 10 p.m. Friday October 20 through 5 a.m. Monday, October 23

Detour: Northbound I-710 connector to westbound SR91. Exit at Long Beach Blvd south to the on-ramp to eastbound SR91. Detour signs will be in place.

In conjunction with this bridge work, the eastbound SR91 connector to northbound I-710 will also be restricted to one lane during the same hours.

The closure of the ramp is necessary to provide a safe work environment for crews to repair girder damage to the bridge.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New campaign about pedestrian safety on Caltrans changeable message signs

You may have noticed a new message that caught your attention while driving on a freeway or highway last week.

The new message on Caltrans' changeable message signs (CMS) first appeared Sept. 7 and reads, "Watch for people walking on all roadways."

According to Wayne Ziese with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the message is part of a public information campaign addressing pedestrian safety on our state's roadways.

"The traffic safety messaging in the CMS is run jointly by OTS, CHP (California Highway Patrol) and Caltrans with help from the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) and the State Transportation Agency," OTS spokesperson Wayne Ziese said.

New message on Caltrans changeable message sign raises awareness about pedestrian safety on roadways.

While OTS is the lead agency for safety campaign messages, Caltrans and CHP work together to develop the messages like the ones many drivers across the state saw last week.

September is also California Pedestrian Safety Month, thanks to a resolution passed by the state senate last year. The designation is intended to raise awareness about the increasing numbers of pedestrians killed and injured on roadways through a series of messages for drivers and pedestrians to be alert and share the road responsibly.

Numbers compiled by OTS show that pedestrian deaths are on the rise. In 2015, 813 pedestrians were killed on California roadways, with pedestrians accounting for nearly 25 percent of all roadway deaths. In 2005, pedestrians accounted for just 17 percent of all roadway deaths.

This particular safety message campaign ended on Sunday, but Caltrans, CHP and OTS will continually discuss whether the same type of messaging will be used next year on Caltrans' 800 CMS across the state, 70 of which are in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Caltrans and our partnering agencies have similar safety campaigns (think "Slow For the Cone Zone" and "Be Work Zone Alert") that are used on CMS and other signage throughout the year.

OTS uses Caltrans CMS for other safety campaigns like wearing seat belts ("Click It or Ticket"), DUI crackdowns ("DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze") and distracted driving. The campaigns are done over four-day periods.

Safety campaigns from Caltrans and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about slowing down in work zones and moving over for emergency vehicles.

So the next time you get behind the wheel, be mindful of Caltrans working to make our drive safer, move over for emergency crews, wear your seat belt and put down the phone.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Lane Shift on I-210 Will Move Towards Pasadena to Begin Phase 3

The Foothill Freeway (I-210) pavement rehabilitation project is starting Phase 3 and moving towards Pasadena!

Beginning Monday August 28 at 7 p.m. crews will begin to make temporary lane changes along westbound I-210 between Lincoln Avenue and Foothill Boulevard.

The current bypass lane in La Cañada Flintridge will move towards the city of Pasadena. Two outer lanes will close and lanes will shift towards the median. Crews will close lanes to replace old damaged pavement. To keep all lanes open while work is underway, both eastbound and westbound inner shoulders will be used as traffic lanes. A concrete barrier will separate the eastbound traffic and the westbound bypass lane for the safety of motorists. The work is estimated to continue through spring 2018.

Q: Why did Caltrans create a bypass lane?
A: Two lanes on westbound I-210 will close and traffic will be shifted towards the median. Both east- and westbound inner shoulders will be used as traffic lanes to allow all traffic lanes on westbound I-210 to remain open while work is underway. 

Q: How many miles will motorists travel on the bypass lane?
A: Once motorists decide to enter the bypass lane, they will travel approximately 2 miles and will not be able exit the lane until arriving at Foothill Boulevard. 

Q: Where will motorists enter and exit the bypass lane?
A: Motorists will enter the bypass lane near Lincoln Avenue and will exit Foothill Boulevard. Please note, motorists exiting the bypass lane will not be able to access the Foothill Boulevard/Gould Avenue off-ramps but will instead need to exit at Angeles Crest Highway off-ramp.

Q: Can motorists exit the bypass lane at any time?
A: No, the bypass lane has been created between k-rail and the freeway median. Once motorists enter the bypass lane, the first opportunity to exit the freeway will be Angeles Crest Highway off-ramp.

Q: How long will the bypass lane be in effect?
A: The bypass lane will remain open to motorists until spring 2018.

Q: Can a solo driver enter the bypass lane?
A: Yes, single drivers may drive in the bypass lane. The bypass lane is not an HOV lane.

Q: Are there any vehicles prohibited from entering the bypass lane?
A: No, there are no vehicle prohibitions to use the temporary bypass lane.

Q: Is this bypass lane an HOV lane? Are there plans for an HOV lane along I-210?
A: No, this is a temporary lane made for westbound I-210 while construction takes place in the area. Once the work is completed, all lanes will return to their original configuration. Current construction along I-210 is part of a $148.5 million pavement rehabilitation project, and is not an HOV lane project.

Monday, August 21, 2017

I-5 Roadway Rehabilitation Project Starts in Northern L.A. County

A news conference and groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 9, 2017, spotlighted the beginning of the construction phase of the Interstate 5 (Golden State Freeway) Roadway Rehabilitation Project in northern Los Angeles County.

The $171 million project will replace and repair aging concrete pavement on nearly 16 miles of I-5 in and near the city of Santa Clarita, the third largest city in Los Angeles County.  On average, more than 200,000 vehicles a day use this section of the freeway.

A groundbreaking event celebrated the start of construction on the I-5 project.
Local and state officials hailed the construction on the heavily traveled I-5, which is a backbone of the state highway system.

“This section of Interstate 5 has pavement that is more than 50 years old and no longer adequate for current and future traffic loads,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.  “This project is an essential investment to improve transportation infrastructure.  I-5 is the major north-south trucking corridor that facilitates the movement of goods and people by providing a connection between the Central Valley and the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.”

The event was held adjacent to I-5 at Lyons Avenue on a site overlooking the busy freeway.

The improvements will provide a smoother roadway with a 40-year design life, which will reduce the need for future lane closures for maintenance.  As a result of this project, drivers will experience fewer delays in the future while enjoying an improved ride.

Trucks make up a significant portion of the vehicles on I-5 in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The estimated completion of the project will be in Summer 2019.  The improvements will be made on 15.8 miles of I-5 from a half-mile south of State Route 14 (the Antelope Valley Freeway) to 1.7 miles north of Lake Hughes Road.

Concrete pavement will be replaced in the outside lanes (#3 and #4 lanes).  In the inside lanes (#1 and #2 lanes), broken concrete slabs will also be replaced and the lanes will receive profile grinding to ensure a smooth surface for vehicles.  The guard rail will be modernized and other upgrades will be made.

In July 2017, the contractor, Atkinson Construction, began placing temporary lane markings and concrete barriers on the southbound side of I-5 for the first stage of the project.  Stage 1 work will be conducted on the southbound and northbound sides of the freeway, mainly between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weeknights.

On most nights, at least two freeway lanes will be kept open for traffic in the work zone, except from midnight to 4 a.m. when at least one lane normally will be open for traffic.  Closure of all freeway lanes is expected to occur infrequently during the project. 

The project is funded by state and federal funds through the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP).

Caltrans reminds drivers to “Be Work Zone Alert” and “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

Monday, July 10, 2017

Tunnel Upgrades on Foothill Freeway (I-210)


Tunnel improvements are coming to Foothill Freeway (I-210) in Pasadena.

Another I-210 freeway closure? Yes, that’s right. Sometimes closures can be tough and inconvenient, but they are necessary to maintain the state’s transportation infrastructure.

Caltrans will bring new tunnel upgrades on the westbound I-210 to southbound SR-110 connector. The tunnel will be repainted and the lighting system will be upgraded to enhance safety.

Closure information:
Beginning July 10, 2017, westbound I-210 connector to southbound SR-110/Del Mar Boulevard and California Boulevard exit will close daily, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will continue through August.

Detour signs will be posted. Motorists should expect delays, are advised to consider alternate routes, plan ahead and check traffic conditions before traveling.

These closures are part of a $148.5 million pavement rehabilitation project. Closures are subject to change.

For additional project information please visit I-210 Pavement Rehabilitation Project

Caltrans reminds you to “Be Work Zone Alert.”