Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tunnel Washing in Los Angeles County

Tunnel washing truck in action on NB I-405 transition to NB I-5 in San Fernando 7/19/2016
Just what was Caltrans doing closing I-405 in San Fernando last night?

Well, it is a tunnel washing project and there's more to come on other routes in Los Angeles County. 

Caltrans will close up to two lanes of northbound Arroyo Seco Parkway (SR-110) to wash the walls and ceilings of the four tunnels near Dodger Stadium from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Wednesday, July 20 to Friday, July 22.

A signed detour will be in place.  Delays are expected.  Closures are subject to change.  

A Caltrans tunnel washing crew using a specially outfitted truck with water jets and carwash-like brushes will scrape away dirt, soot, and grim from the concrete walls of the interchanges and tunnels.  A biodegradable soap is used.   

Here's the tunnel washing crew in action at the transition road from northbound I-405 to northbound I-5:

The tunnels are washed to enhance motorist safety.  All of the water run-off is captured and hauled away in a hazardous material tanker truck.   

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

Photo gallery:

Tunnel Washing NB405 to NB5 transition 7192016

Construction Update: I-5 HOV Project - SR-134 to Magnolia Blvd.

If you use I-5 through Glendale and Burbank, you've undoubtedly noticed all the construction work underway. Between SR-134 and Magnolia Boulevard, crews are widening I-5 to make room for a new carpool lane in both directions (info here). The project will be completed in 2018.

So how's the project coming along? Find out in the short video below. Resident Engineer James Shih provides a construction update and six-month look-ahead, explaining the closures and construction activities planned through the end of the year.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Segment of Empire Ave in Burbank to Close for 3 Months Starting July 21

A short segment of Empire Avenue in Burbank is closing for bridge construction beginning Thursday, July 21, 2016. The work is part of the I-5 Empire Project. (Learn more about it here.) Closure details:

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Starting July 21, 2016, through early November 2016, Empire Avenue in Burbank between Wilson Avenue and Victory Place will be closed for bridge construction. This work is necessary to complete the new Empire Avenue undercrossing. Victory Place will remain OPEN. A signed detour will be posted. See map above.

CLOSURE/WORK HOURS: The closure will be in place at all times. Work hours will be 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., primarily Monday through Friday.

THE PAYOFF: When this work is complete, the west side of the new Victory Place bridge and pedestrian overcrossing will be OPEN, providing easier access to the Empire Center.

IMPACTS: Some construction noise is expected, but it will not exceed levels permitted by federal, state and local regulations. Dust will be controlled by water trucks.

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: Visit to get project info and sign up to receive weekly updates. Follow us on Twitter at @My5LA.

QUESTIONS? Call us on the toll-free I-5 Info Line at (855) 454-6335, or send an email to

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ducklings Rescued: Caltrans and CHP Team Up on Ventura Freeway (SR-134)

Scroll down to see the play by play of a duck rescue along SR-134 in Glendale. The CHP's social media team live tweeted the entire rescue!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Scruba Dub Dub: Freeway Tunnel and Undercrossing Washing in Los Angeles County

A Caltrans tunnel washing crew using a specially outfitted truck with water jets and car wash-like brushes will scrape away dirt, soot, and grim from the concrete walls of  interchanges and tunnels in Pasadena, Glendale, and Diamond Bar.  

The following connectors and interchanges will be closed for washing from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on the following days:

Tuesday, July 12
Westbound I-210 to southbound I-710

Wednesday, July 13
Westbound SR-134 to southbound SR-2

Thursday, July 14
SR-60 at SR-57 separation

Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16
Southbound I-5 to southbound I-5 truck lanes

A signed detour will be in place.  Delays are expected.  Closures are subject to change. 

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

#RoseJam: 55-Hour Weekend Closures on I-210 in Pasadena

If your weekend plans take you to Pasadena this weekend, you may want to give yourself more time to travel. Caltrans is closing all lanes of the westbound Foothill Freeway (I-210) between Lake Avenue and Mountain Street for two 55-hour weekend closures as part of a pavement rehabilitation project. The eastbound Ventura Freeway (SR-134) connector to westbound I-210 will also be closed. The westbound I-210 Marengo Avenue and Mountain Street off-ramps and Walnut Street on-ramp will need to be closed throughout the weekend closures as well.

The 55-hour full weekend closures will take place:
• Friday, July 15 at 10 p.m. through Monday, July 18 at 5 a.m.
• Friday, July 29 at 10 p.m. through Monday, August 1 at 5 a.m.

Motorists should expect delays and are strongly advised to plan ahead, use alternate routes, avoid the area or use public transit. Additionally, motorists can check traffic conditions before they leave by calling 511 or visiting the Caltrans Quickmap at

Caltrans reminds you to Be Work Zone Alert.

Construction Alert - West 210 fwy #Pasadena to be closed for 55-hours beginning Friday 7/15

Friday, July 8, 2016

Late Night Lane Closures on Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) for Maintenance and Safety Enhancements Projects in LA, Santa Monica and Malibu

PCH near Zuma Beach in Malibu
Caltrans will close lanes on the Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) to perform several maintenance and safety enhancement projects.  Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes.   

PCH Night Maintenance 7/18/2016
Gallery of this week's work. Click to view pictures.
Maintenance crews will work at night and early mornings to reduce affects to coastal traffic during warm summer days along the coast.   

Monday, July 11, 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Moving lane closures on SR-1 from the McClure Tunnel to Decker Canyon Road (SR-23) to repair delineators. 

Tuesday, July 12, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Full closure of southbound SR-1 at the McClure Tunnel to repair attenuators (crash cushions).

Wednesday, July 13, 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Moving closures from the McClure Tunnel to SR-23.

Wednesday, July 13, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
One southbound lane of SR-1 lane closed for guardrail repair near the Bel-Air Bay Club.

Thursday, July 14, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
One lane of northbound SR-1 to install concrete barriers and sand tubs near Corral Canyon Road.

Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.  The CHP will be on duty.