Friday, October 2, 2015

I-5 Fully Closed in Burbank Early Sunday Morning

If you plan to travel on I-5 in Burbank at night this weekend, this post is for you. Starting very early Sunday morning — that’s October 4, 2015, from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. — I-5 will be fully closed in both directions from Hollywood Way to Burbank Boulevard. Reason for the closure: to allow Burbank Water and Power to safely relocate overhead power lines. 

The on- and off-ramps between Hollywood Way and Burbank Boulevard will be closed as well. Southbound I-5 motorists will be diverted at Hollywood Way and northbound I-5 motorists will be diverted at Burbank Boulevard. A signed detour will be posted.

For more information about construction on I-5, check out, and while you’re there, sign up to receive closure and construction updates.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Rio Hondo Bridge Repair

Beginning October 16 Caltrans will begin repairs on the Rio Hondo Bridge that was damaged by fire. 
Structural engineers found that heat from the flames warped 8 girders, peeled the paint on 13 steel girders, sheared off bolts on the lateral steel supports, damaged bearings and delaminated concrete.  The damage was mostly concentrated under southbound lanes.

Construction is scheduled in two stages. Stage 1, which consists of replacing the bridge deck of southbound I-5 lanes 3 and 4. Stage 2 is scheduled to start on October 23 to replace the bridge deck on southbound I-5 lanes 1 and 2 and northbound I-5 lane 1.

This project will require future closures.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Go Human Campaign Encourages People to Walk and Bike More

Beginning this week, you may notice billboards advertising the Go Human campaign. Go Human is a community outreach and advertising campaign with the goals of reducing traffic collisions in Southern California and encouraging people to walk and bike more. The campaign, launched by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), hopes to create safer and healthier cities through education, advocacy, information sharing and events that help residents re-envision their neighborhoods.

Whether you plan to walk, bicycle or drive to your destination, SCAG and Go Human offer these tips to ensure you arrive safely and can enjoy your trip:
  • Let's Walk! Walking is one of the easiest ways to get active and stay fit. It's free, reduces stress, prevents disease, and can connect you to your community in a whole new way.
  • Let's Bike! Improve your health, save money, help the environment, and avoid traffic and the hassle of parking. Bicycling five miles to work, four days a week, avoids an average of 2,000 miles of driving a year.​
  • Drive With Care. California has the nation's highest number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities. If you are driving, look twice for people walking or biking before you make a turn. Always come to a complete stop before making a right turn on red.
For more information, please visit the Go Human website or follow them on Twitter.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hollywood Freeway (US 101) Pavement Project from Downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood

Construction crew mark where old concrete will be cut then removed.
For those headed to Hollywood or Downtown Los Angeles on US 101 or just passing through, this message is for you.

Caltrans will continue to re-pave lanes on US 101 Hollywood, Friday, September 25.  Closures will occur on Friday and Saturday nights.  Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes. 

Upcoming Closures:
Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27
Southbound US 101, Western Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard (SR-2)

The time frames for the closures are as follows:
Fridays and Saturdays: 
Up to one lane – 11 p.m. to 11 a.m.
Up to two lanes – 11 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Up to three lanes – 1 a.m. to 7a.m.

Saturday and Sundays:
Up to one lane – 11 p.m. to 12 p.m.
Up to two lanes – 11 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Up to three lanes – 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Precast Jointed Concrete Pavement (PJCP) will be used at several locations within the project area.   PJCP panels are cast and cured at a plant off-site and then trucked to the construction location and installed using a crane to help reduce closure times and maintenance costs. 

This $19.26 million project was awarded to OHL USA Inc. from Irvine, California. The project is funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) and is expected to finish by the end of 2016. 

The California Highway Patrol will be on duty.  Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Battling the Butte Fire

The deadly wildfires that continue to rage in Northern California have destroyed more than 1,600 structures, burned through thousands of acres, and displaced hundreds of people. 

During large wildfires like these, Caltrans helps with monitoring roadblocks and providing traffic control. Then, when firefighters have extinguished the flames and hotspots, Caltrans takes on fire cleanup. Crews get to work on replacing guardrail and signage, removing dead trees and shrubs, and reintroducing native plants to prevent erosion. 

Check out the video below to get a glimpse into the areas affected by the Butte Fire in Calaveras County, now 74% contained, and the department’s commitment to assisting communities both during and after a wildfire strike.

The Six Minute Pitch: A Transportation Startup Challenge

"It's basically the transportation industry's national version of Shark Tank, Startup Battlefield, or Dragons' Den!"

The Transportation Research Board’s Young Members Council is sponsoring a competition for entrepreneurs with cutting-edge, research-based concepts for transportation product or service-based business. Selected presenters will have the opportunity to make a six minute, interactive presentation to a panel of distinguished transportation industry investors and entrepreneurs. All applicants must describe how their product or service will bring research to commercial application. Presentations should include an interactive element, such as a presentation of a prototype or demonstration of software under development. Read more...

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pile Driving for New Elevated Railroad Tracks in Burbank Begins This Weekend

On September 8, the new temporary railroad tracks (aka shoofly) in Burbank began operation. These tracks will be in use while the new elevated tracks are constructed, which will take about a year. Work is already underway on the elevated tracks, and construction will really ramp up this weekend when the Buena Vista pile driving operation begins. Details:

WHERE AND WHEN: The work will take place near the intersection of Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Boulevard. Signed detours will be provided. The I-5 on- and off-ramps will remain OPEN. During work hours, Buena Vista Street northbound and southbound will be closed as follows:
+ September 19 – October 4, 2015
Northbound and southbound Buena Vista Street from Winona Avenue to San Fernando Boulevard will be fully closed on weekends from Saturday mornings at 6 a.m. to Sunday evenings at 8 p.m.

+ September 21 – October 16, 2015
One lane of northbound Buena Vista Street from San Fernando Boulevard to Winona Avenue will be closed on weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flaggers will direct motorists.
IMPACTS: You may notice noise and vibration during this operation, particularly if you live or work near the area. 

SCHEDULE CHANGES: The work schedule is subject to change due to operational factors and inclement weather.

MORE INFORMATION: View the construction notice in English and Spanish HERE.

STAY INFORMED: To receive information about work related to the I-5 Empire Project, visit My5LA. Submit your email address through the website to get notifications delivered automatically to your inbox. You can also call us on the toll-free I-5 Info Line at (855) 454-6335.