Friday, July 3, 2015

Ventura Freeway (US 101) Pavement Project in San Fernando Valley

Southbound US 101
Caltrans will begin a pavement rehabilitation project on Monday, July 6 on the Ventura Freeway (US 101) from the 101/134/170 Interchange (Sherman Oaks) to Las Virgenes Canyon Road (Calabasas).  The project is expected to finish in fall 2016.  Nearby residents may hear equipment noise as the crews replace the existing pavement.

The first nightly closure will begin on northbound US 101, west of the 101/134/170 Interchange.  Up to two lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Saturday.  Closures are subject to change.   

The purpose of this project is to preserve and extend the life of the existing pavement and improve ride quality.  The pavement on north- and southbound US 101, connectors, and ramps will be rehabilitated by using rubberized hot mix asphalt, Portland concrete cement, and pre-cast concrete slabs.  The existing metal beam guardrail (metal and wood barriers) will also be replaced to enhance safety.  

This $62 million contract was awarded to Myers and Sons Construction, LP of Sacramento, California.  The project is funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program.  

Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.

Highway Closures for Local July 4th Events

Closures on Rosemead Boulevard (SR-164) - Rosemead
Rosemead Boulevard (SR-164)  will be closed between Marshall Street and Mission Drive Saturday, July 4, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the Rosemead 5K and Kids Mile Tot Trot. 

An encroachment permit was issued. Detour signs will be posted. Motorists should expect delays and use alternate routes.  

Closures on Lincoln Boulevard (SR-1) - Marina Del Rey
There will be intermittent closures at various locations along Lincoln Boulevard (SR-1) between Jefferson Boulevard, Washington Boulevard, SR-90 (Marina Freeway) and Centinela Avenue on Saturday, July 4, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. for a fireworks show.  

An encroachment permit was issued for this event.  Detour signs will be posted. Motorists should anticipate delays and use alternate routes.  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Carmenita Bridge To Open

Southeast view of new Carmenita Bridge and future Carmenita Bl. northbound I-5 on-ramp 
Caltrans expects to switch traffic from the existing, two-lane Carmenita Road Bridge to the new 10-lane Camenita Road Bridge on Thursday, July 2 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.  

Scale model of Carmenita Interchange Project
While crews restripe lanes of traffic to align with the new bridge, Carmenita Road will be closed to through traffic over the I-5 freeway, between Excelsior Drive and Firestone Boulevard, from 9 p.m. Thursday, July 2 to 5 a.m. Friday, July 3. The new bridge will include two northbound and two southbound lanes. The traffic shift will include temporary changes to the traffic pattern at the intersection of Firestone Boulevard and Carmenita Road; motorists exiting southbound I-5 at Carmenita will only be permitted to turn right on Carmenita Road or continue straight on Firestone. 

Green fences installed along bridge railing
Additionally, the intersection of Excelsior Drive and Carmenita Road will be temporarily closed while the new northbound Carmenita off-ramp is constructed. The northbound I-5 Carmenita Road off-ramp will be temporarily reconfigured.  Motorists that exit northbound I-5 at Carmenita will be directed to turn right on Excelsior Drive, left on Spring Avenue and left on Pumice Street to access Carmenita Road.  

Following the opening of the new bridge, nighttime demolition of the old Carmenita bridge is scheduled to begin Friday, July 10 and will be ongoing through Saturday, July 18. Bridge demolition will require nightly full freeway closures on northbound and southbound I-5.  

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Carmenita Interchange under construction

Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Edition of "The Mile Marker: A Caltrans Performance Report" is Here!

Looking for some summer reading? You’re in luck! Caltrans has released the latest installment of The Mile Marker: A Caltrans Performance Report, a plain-language performance report that delivers a straightforward accounting of how Caltrans is doing in its work to protect and improve California’s transportation system.

This 2015 second-quarter report features a revamped at-a-glance chart, which measures and quantifies Caltrans’ performance — what’s working, what’s not and where improvement is needed. For example, Caltrans’ safety and health performance indicators now include specific break-out data for pedestrians and bicyclists — a strong indication of Caltrans’ expanded focus on alternative transportation, active transportation and a fully integrated system.

Other articles include: a look at new Caltrans work gear and vehicle striping that increase the visibility and safety of Caltrans workers out in the field; details about work underway at the department to combat California’s historic drought; and a glimpse at the health of California’s culverts – the drainage systems under California’s roadbeds.

The Mile Marker is distributed to the Legislature, local government agencies, transportation professionals statewide and around the country, and to you!

Check it out online here

Friday, June 26, 2015

Six Week Express Lanes Closure on San Bernardino Freeway (I-10)

Damaged pavement and bridge joints. 
Caltrans will close the Metro Express Lanes on the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) from Monday, July 6 to late August 2015 to perform maintenance and upgrade sections of the bridges on east- and westbound I-10 between Valley Boulevard and Peck Road.  The pavement in the section above Peck Road and Valley Boulevard will be removed and replaced, and new bridge joints will be installed to replace ones that are failing.   

“To complete the work as fast and as safe as possible, the lanes must be closed,” said District 7 Director Carrie Bowen. “We are working with the city of El Monte, county of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to help reduce the impacts to traffic on the freeway and local streets.”

Additional closures will be in place as needed at the following locations:

  • Freeway Mainline: East- and westbound I-10 lane closures between Peck Road and Valley Boulevard.
  • Eastbound I-10:  North Peck Road/Valley Boulevard off-ramp.
  • Westbound I-10: South Peck Road off-ramp and North Valley Boulevard on-ramp.
  • Street Closures: Peck Road between Asher Street and Valley Boulevard and Valley Boulevard between Peck Road and I-10

Damaged pavement and bridge joint.
Motorists using the Express Lanes may experience some delays due to this project and partial closure of the Express Lanes.  Eastbound motorists will be merged into the mainline near Santa Anita Avenue, impacting approximately 2 miles of the Express Lanes.  Westbound motorists will continue to have access to the Express Lanes just west of I-605 but will be required to merge into the mainline at Whistler Avenue and then will have full access to the Express Lanes near Peck Road.  Tolling for eastbound commuters will be adjusted to reflect the closure of that portion of the Express Lanes.  Tolling for westbound commuters will not be impacted.

The $815,802 project funded by Caltrans’ highway maintenance fund was awarded to O’Donnell Construction, Inc. in San Dimas, California.

Caltrans reminds motorists to Be Work Zone Alert.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ride Along with Malcolm Dougherty on the Annual Director’s Bike Ride

Every year, Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, along with his executive team and bicycling stakeholders, ride through Sacramento to highlight the advantages of and opportunities for bicycling-focused transportation planning. The ride helps focus attention on Caltrans’ efforts to expand the multimodal transportation infrastructure.

Check out the video below to learn more about what Caltrans is doing to offer sustainable transportation options and satisfy public demand — everything from updating the Highway Design Manual to constructing protected bike lanes. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

UPDATE: Segment of Victory Place in Burbank to Close for Two Weeks

Update: This closure will occur the week of July 6, 2015.

Caltrans is constructing a new interchange and undercrossing at Empire Avenue in Burbank, and as part of the work, crews will need to build a new bridge at Victory Place. Toward that end, a short segment of Victory Place north of Empire Avenue will be closed for about two weeks starting the week of June 29 July 6 while crews complete shoring work. Details below.

Closure of a short segment of Victory Place in Burbank. Access to businesses along the closed segment will NOT be affected. Local traffic will be permitted in the closure.

Both directions of Victory Place will be closed between Empire Avenue and Lincoln Street.

This closure is necessary to complete important shoring work for the new Victory Place Bridge, which is part of the I-5 Empire Project. Learn more about it here.

Motorists traveling northbound on Victory Place must turn left at Empire Avenue. A signed detour (shown in green on map above) will be provided.

Caltrans reminds you to be work zone alert and slow for the cone zone.