Friday, May 22, 2015

Want to Avoid Traffic Snafus Over Memorial Day? Check QuickMap!

The Auto Club is estimating that 2.7 million Southland residents and 4.4 million motorists people will be traveling by car over the three-day Memorial Day weekend. That’s the highest Memorial Day traveler number since 2005. If you’ll be one of those 2.7 million drivers, use the Caltrans QuickMap to make smart decisions about your route. Check it before your leave to get real-time traffic conditions. QuickMap will show you:

         > Traffic speeds
         > Incident locations
         > Electronic message signs
         > Freeway camera feeds
         > Lane closures

QuickMap will even save your location and zoom level between sessions, so the next time you visit the page, you’ll be viewing the same location on the map.

By default, the traffic layers are displayed on the standard Google road map, but you can also view a satellite or terrain map by clicking on the buttons in the upper right corner.

QuickMap also has links to regional 511 sites (Los Angeles is here) and the planned lane closure page, if you’d like a text-based listing of closures by freeway.

There’s even a QuickMap mobile app (which, of course, you would never, ever use while driving).

So, before you head out the door this Memorial Day, click over to Caltrans QuickMap. And have a safe and sane holiday!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Helicopter Rock Netting Project: Intermittent Closures on Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1)

"Big Dawg seen flying over PCH in Pt. Mugu on 12/4/2013
Several rock climbers using a Sikorsky S-58 helicopter to install 35, 150 to 215-feet long and 12-feet wide, rock nets (or drapery) on steep slopes, 90-feet above Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1). 

Caltrans will intermittently close both directions of Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1), 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28 from south of Las Posas Road to La Jolla Canyon in Point Mugu State Park (west of Malibu).  Motorists and cyclists should expect delays up to 30 minutes.  Motorists should plan ahead and use alternate routes.  Signs will be posted in advance of the closure area to advise motorists of delays. 

Video of helicopter rock netting project in Pt. Mugu on December 4, 2013:

A helicopter and rock climbers are used to install the rock netting at this location because of the steep slopes along the highway.  The rock netting will help prevent rocks from falling from the slopes onto the highway below.  Natural erosion was accelerated by the Springs Fire that occurred in May 2013 that denuded the slopes of vegetation.

ALC from San Luis Obispo, CA is the contractor on this state funded maintenance project. 

Caltrans reminds motorists to Be Work Zone Alert.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Caltrans Presents: Color Wheels -- the Bicycle Community Art Show

With Bike Month now in full swing, we wanted to remind you about the terrific bicycle-themed art show now on exhibit in the Caltrans District 7 Museum. Called Color Wheels, the subject of the show is bicycles and the artist’s relationship to cycling in Los Angeles. The exhibit, which is presented by Caltrans and Metro, includes a bicycle piƱata, 35-foot steel head trout skeleton, 100-year-old bikes, paintings, prints and much, much more! The artwork aims to share stories, experience, perspective, and representations of bicycles as a joyful means of mobility in our community.

Check it out at 100 S. Main St., Los Angeles 90012. The exhibit is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 29, 2015.  

And in other bike news, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) recently released its 2015 bicycle friendly state rankings. LAB ranks all 50 states on how bikeable they are based on a multifaceted bicycle friendly state questionnaire that is answered by each state’s bicycle coordinator.

Good news, Californians! The Golden State is now #8, up one from last year. California earns points for the safe passing law, complete streets policy, and active state advocacy group, among other things. Recommendations include better data collection regarding bicycling trips and injuries and adoption of performance measures to track and support complete streets project compliance. 

See LAB's California report card here. In case you're wondering, Washington claims the top spot, and Alabama is dead last. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Medal of Valor Ceremony Recognizes Heroic Caltrans Workers

On April 23, 2015, the annual Medal of Valor ceremony was held at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento. This year’s 52 medal recipients included 16 Caltrans workers who were recognized for their acts of heroism extending far above and beyond the normal call of duty.

Governor Brown’s Executive Secretary Nancy McFadden presented the medals, the highest honor that California bestows on its public servants. 

Caltrans recipients included Victor Guerrero, Daniel Santacruz, Gary Hahn, Jamie Hill, Christopher Harvey, Stephen Elias, Gregory Englund, Brian Borella, Joe Martinez, Alberto Miramontes, Jose Linares, Barry Morrison, Jerry Bachmann, Johnnie James, James Murrieta, and David Guerena.

Check out the video below to find out what it means to be a hero and meet some of the workers who received the honor.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Launch of Safety Video PSA, Press Conference & Kids Bicycle Rodeo in Malibu to Promote Safety on PCH

A press conference will be held at the Malibu Library on Friday, May 8, 2:00 to 4:00 PM, to screen a new video promoting safety on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), and will be immediately followed by a Bicycle Safety Rodeo for kids. The free event is presented by the City of Malibu, Senators Fran Pavley and Ben Allen, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

For Immediate Release – May 4, 2015

Launch of Safety Video PSA, Press Conference & Kids Bicycle Rodeo in Malibu to Promote Safety on PCH

(Malibu, CA) – The City of Malibu, Senators Fran Pavley and Ben Allen, and Assemblymember Richard Bloom, will hold a press conference and screen a new video promoting safety on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), followed by a bicycle safety rodeo on May 8 as part of the multi-agency efforts to improve safety on PCH. 

WHO: The City of Malibu, Senators Fran Pavley and Ben Allen, and Assemblymember Richard Bloom. 

WHAT: Press conference, screening of new safety public service announcement (PSA) video, and free bicycle safety rodeo for kids ages 4-13. 

WHEN: Friday, May 8, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Press conference & video screening: 2:00 pm. Bike rodeo starts at 2:45 pm)

WHERE: Malibu Library, 23519 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265. Map -  

VISUALS: Screening of PSA video. Actress dressed as PCH character. Kids riding bicycles on safety training obstacle course. Information booths. Free bicycle repairs. Prize drawings. Bicycle-powered smoothie machine. Elected officials speaking. Community members. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

You’re Invited: I-5 Empire Project Open House

On May 27, Caltrans will host an open house for the I-5 Empire Project in Burbank, which has now been in construction for almost a year. We’ll kick off the evening with a brief project update, and the rest of the night is reserved for you to talk one-on-one with project staff. Representatives from Construction, Design, Traffic Management, Public Affairs, Program and Project Management, and Environmental Planning will be on hand to answer your questions. Details:

WHAT: I-5 Empire Project Open House

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: City of Burbank Community Room, 150 N. 3rd St. in Burbank.

PARKING: Free parking is available on site.

If you will need an interpreter for the meeting, let us know by May 20, 2015. Call 213.897.0303 or email Kelly Markham at
The I-5 Empire Project is a series of improvements to I-5 in Burbank, including:

  --> Adding carpool lanes between Magnolia Blvd. and Buena Vista St.

  --> Constructing a new interchange at I-5 and Empire Ave.

  --> Reconstructing the Burbank Blvd. overcrossing and realigning ramps

  --> Elevating the railroad at Buena Vista St. and San Fernando Blvd. and adjacent to Empire Ave.

  --> Improving the intersection at San Fernando Blvd./Victory Pl. and Lincoln St.

  --> Realigning and widening the Buena Vista St. ramps

The project will enhance safety, relieve congestion, improve traffic flow and provide easier access to the airport and shopping centers

More information about the project is here.

Download a PDF of the open house notice here.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Update - Full Closures of San Diego Freeway (I-405)

Example of a freeway loop detector
Caltrans will close all lanes of I-405 on the following dates to install loop detectors:

Northbound I-405
Tuesday, May 5, 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Between Nordoff on-ramp to Devonshire Street on-ramp 

Southbound I-405
Wednesday, May 6, 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Between Rinaldi off-ramp and San Fernando Mission on-ramp                    
Southbound I-405
Thursday, May 7, 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Between Devonshire off-ramp to Devonshire on-ramp

Southbound I-405
Saturday May 9, 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Between Nordhoff St. off-ramp to Roscoe on-ramp 

This $28.47 million pavement rehabilitation project is funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP).  Myers and Sons Construction LP is the contractor on this project.  

A signed detour will be in place.  Delays are expected.  The California Highway Patrol will be on duty.  Please Be Work Zone Alert.