Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Glendale Freeway (SR-2) Soundwall Project, Graffiti Complaints

Northbound SR-2 Soundwall Project, looking north in Echo Park (Los Angeles). 
Currently, this location is under construction. The contractor has been notified to remove the graffiti and will continue to do so throughout the course of construction. In most cases, unless the graffiti is vulgar which calls for immediate removal, graffiti will be removed in a timely manner according to the contractor’s schedule.  

When the work on SR-2 Terminus soundwall began, neighbors were initially alarmed by the K-Rail installed on Allesandro and the extensive posting of "no parking" signs along the street.  Caltrans worked with the contractor to ensure that this extensive taking of street parking was greatly minimized, and it has remained a limited no-parking area. Due to the lack of barriers/K-rails, our construction site has become an easy target for vandals. 

Caltrans asks only for your patience, as we work to accommodate your neighborhood needs and get this project completed.  Thank you in advance for your patience and sharing your concern.

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Traffic Configuration Coming to Empire Avenue and Victory Place in Burbank

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Beginning the week of August 4, 2015, through 2017, Empire Avenue and Victory Place will have a new traffic configuration that will prohibit left turns, reduce lanes and remove parking, as follows:

➤ Left Turns Prohibited: Left turns from northbound Victory Place to westbound Empire Avenue, and from eastbound Empire Avenue to northbound Victory Place will be prohibited.

➤ Lanes Reduced: Traffic on Empire Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Victory Place and Valpreda Street.

➤ Parking Removed: Street parking on the north side of Empire Avenue will be removed between Victory Place and Valpreda Street.

This new traffic configuration is necessary to allow crews to construct the new Empire Avenue I-5 interchange.

The work is part of the I-5 Empire Project, a series of improvements to I-5 in Burbank between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street, including: carpool lanes, elevated railroad tracks, reconfigured ramps, a new interchange and undercrossing at Empire Avenue, widening of the Burbank Boulevard Bridge, and more. 

To receive updates about construction activities and closures related to the I-5 Empire Project, visit and submit your email address. Questions? Call us on the toll-free I-5 Info Line at (855) 454-6335.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Updated Post as of 7/29/2015 - Angeles Crest Highway (SR-2) Open in Angeles National Forest

Caltrans maintenance crews cleared the way for motorists today.  The highway was opened to all users at 1:35 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29. 

For questions about trails, campgrounds, and the forest, please contact the US Forest Service.

Rock slide at PM 73.8
The Angeles Crest Highway (SR-2) will remain closed between Islip Saddle (intersection of SR-2 and SR-39 or 43 miles east of La CaƱada Flintridge) and Big Pines Road until early August 2015 due to rock slides and roadway damage caused by this past weekend’s storms.  The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has assessed the damage and is in the process of hiring a contractor to repair the highway.

For 18.3 miles there are rock slides, washouts along the slopes, and damaged drains and pipes. 

Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians should consider alternates routes, as this section (18.3 miles) of highway is off-limits to those without permitted access. Trespassers are subject to potential citation or arrest by law enforcement.

Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.

Rock slide at post mile 73.6

Monday, July 20, 2015

I-10 Closed Near Desert Center

I-10 is closed between SR-186 and the Arizona state line after a severe storm caused a section of the interstate to collapse on Sunday, July 19. Eastbound I-10 collapsed and the westbound direction was severely undermined at Tex Wash (Adair Overcrossing), about 44 miles east of SR-86 (Coachella) and 42 miles west of the Arizona state line.

Caltrans structural engineers are assessing damage at the location of the collapse, surrounding washes, and structures along the impacted section of I-10. It is not yet known when the freeway will reopen. Regular updates will be provided.

Motorists are advised to avoid travel on I-10 until further notice. Alternate routes include Arizona Route 95 to I-40, and I-8 to SR-111 to SR-86. SR-177 and SR-78 are currently closed due to flooding and cannot be used as detours.

If you plan to travel in desert regions of Riverside or San Bernardino counties, please be prepared for severe storms. Carry sturdy shoes, warm clothing, water, a charged cell phone, and ensure that your gas tank is full. If you encounter running water, turn around — don’t drown! Two feet of running water can lift a large vehicle or bus, and six inches of running water can sweep a person away.

For the latest information, follow Caltrans District 8 on Twitter (@Caltrans8)  or go to For real-time traffic, check the Caltrans QuickMap.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Full Closure of Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) For Demolition Continues

Caltrans will continue full closures of north- and southbound I-5 nightly between Rosecrans Avenue and Valley View Avenue until the end of July to demolish the old Carmenita Road Bridge above the freeway.  The westbound SR-91 connector to northbound I-5 and the southbound I-605 connector to southbound I-5 will be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.  

The closure times are as follows: 
Monday through Thursday: Midnight to 5 a.m. 
Friday through Saturday: 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Closures are subject to change. Signed detours will be in place. 
Demo of old Carmenita Rd. Bridge 7/10/2015

Caltrans switched traffic from the existing, two-lane Carmenita Road Bridge to the new 10-lane Camenita Road Bridge on Friday, July 3 at 5 a.m. Until the new ramps are constructed and connected to the new bridge, only four-lanes (two-lanes in each direction) will be accessible. 

The Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) Carmenita Road Interchange Project, in the cities of Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk will replace and reconstruct the existing two-lane overcrossing with a 10-lane (five lanes in each direction) structure. The project will reconfigure the on- and off-ramps, and will realign the following frontage roads: Firestone Boulevard, Freeway Drive, Carmenita Road, Arctic Circle, Molette Street and Excelsior Drive.

The project will also widen I-5 from Alondra Boulevard to Shoemaker Avenue by adding one High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) or car pool lane, and one general purpose lane in each direction, as well as widen the shoulder and construct a median barrier.  For more information, please call toll-free (855) 454-6335 or visit

Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Join Us for the I-5 Florence Avenue Interchange Project Community Open House

Caltrans will host an open house for the I-5 Florence Avenue Interchange Project, which began construction in early 2015. The meeting will begin with a brief project update, with project representatives on hand to answer your questions.

What: I-5 Florence Avenue Interchange Open House

When: Thursday, July 30, 2015, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Foursquare Church, 11457 E. Florence Avenue, Santa Fe Springs, 90670
* Free parking available

The Florence Interchange Project is part of the I-5 South improvements between the Orange County line and the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605). Improvements will enhance safety, improve traffic flow, reduce congestion and encourage ride sharing. Improvements will include:
  • Construction of a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV or carpool) in both directions of I-5
  • Interchange modifications
  • Median barrier construction and shoulder widening 
  • New on- and off-ramp design
For more information about the I-5 South projects, please visit the project website

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Northbound I-5 Scott Road Off-Ramp in Burbank Closed

The northbound I-5 Scott Road off-ramp in Burbank has been closed to construct the north end of the cap over the Burbank Western Channel and soundwalls to minimize traffic noise in the adjacent residential neighborhoods. The ramp will remain closed for about two years. This closure is part of the I-5 Empire Project.

About the Project:  The Empire Project is a series of improvements to I-5 in Burbank between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street, including: carpool lanes, elevated railroad tracks, reconfigured ramps, a new interchange and undercrossing at Empire Avenue, widening of the Burbank Boulevard Bridge, and more. 

Stay Informed:  To receive information about work related to the I-5 Empire Project, visit 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.