Caltrans will fully close the intersection of Alondra Boulevard, Marquardt Avenue and South Firestone Boulevard in the city of Santa Fe Springs beginning on Monday morning, August 4 at 6 a.m.

Summer Driving Tips

Taking a road trip this summer? A few hours of prep now might save you from being stranded on the side of the road, a big repair bill and/or a ruined vacation.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Give Me Three" Bike Law Takes Effect Today!

The Three Feet for Safety Act takes effect today! The law requires motorists to give at least three feet of clearance when passing a bike in the same lane. (More info here.) Tips for motorists:

>> Give at least three feet. Don’t overtake or pass a person bicycling too closely. California law requires a standard minimum distance of three feet between any part of the vehicle and any part of the bicycle or person riding the bike.

>> Expect to see people cycling on the roadway. Bicyclists have the right to use all roads except those from which they are officially excluded.

>> Slow down when passing bicyclists. Air pressure from vehicles passing bicyclists, especially trucks and buses, can “push” a bicyclist over just by the wind created by passing at high speed.

Tips for bicyclists:

>> Ride on the right in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic. Obey all traffic laws. Stop at red lights and stop signs and yield to pedestrians.

>> Be predictable. Ride in a straight line, not swerving in and out between parked cars. Signal your moves to motorists, other bicyclists, and pedestrians to let them know what to expect.

>> Wear fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, dawn, and dusk. Use appropriate lights and reflectors at night.

>> Use your eyes and ears. Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control and fall. Don't use headphones or earplugs in both ears while riding.

>> Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars. Drivers may pull out in front of you or open a door in your path.

>> Allow faster traffic to pass when it’s safe. Avoid needlessly blocking the road.

The goal is to create a safe environment for both bicyclists and motorists. Let’s look out for each other and keep everyone safe.

Want more info on the "Give Me Three" law? Check out this helpful FAQ from the California Bicycle Coalition.

Monday, September 15, 2014

55-Hour Extended Weekend Closures Coming to Santa Ana I-5

Plan now for an upcoming Extended Weekend Closure (55-Hours) on Friday through Monday, September 26-29,  on the Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) in both directions from Alondra Blvd. to Valley View Ave in Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs.
Although mainline I-5 motorists will have partial access to the freeway (only 1 of 3 lanes will be available) from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., there will be delays on this heavily used weekend route.  Additionally, two freeway connectors will be fully closed throughout the weekend:
    southbound  I-605 to southbound I-5; and westbound SR-91 to northbound I-5.
•    Overnight, (Fri. 9/26) Saturday morning, 1 a.m. to 7 a.m., expect a full freeway closure.
•    On Sat. & Sun., 9/27 & 9/28, from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., two of 3 lanes closed in each direction. 
•    Then, overnight,  from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m., more full freeway closures within these limits.
•    Sunday night, 9/28, from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., a final full freeway closure.  
•    The Extended Weekend Closure ends Monday morning 9/29 at 5 a.m.  

Alternate Routes:  Motorists are advised to use alternate ways around the closure to avoid delays.  Suggested detours are Routes SB-710, EB/WB-105, NB/SB-605, EB/WB-22 and NB-57.   

What to Expect:  The purpose of the weekend closure is to prepare the roadway for a traffic shift.  On Monday morning, 9/29, southbound I-5 mainline traffic will shift onto the center of the roadway and the existing southbound lanes will become the new work zone.  Also, the southbound I-5 Alondra Blvd. on-ramp will permanently close.

The work is part of the $1.8 billion Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) South Corridor Improvement Projects to construct one carpool and one general purpose lane in each direction from the Los Angeles/Orange County line to Interstate 605.  The motoring public, residents and businesses are encouraged to sign-up for notification on street, lane and ramp closures by calling the toll-free I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects information line (855) 454-6335 or by visiting www.I-5info.com

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ronald Reagan Freeway (SR-118) Paving Project in Simi Valley and Moorpark

Caltrans will begin repaving portions of SR-118 between Kuehner Drive to Princeton Avenue on Thursday, September 11.  Also, metal beam guardrail will be replaced and several ramps within the project area will be slurry sealed.  The project is expected to finish by early January 2015.

Lane and Ramp Closures, 9/11 – 9/26
Kuehner Drive to Tapo Street up to three lanes of west- and eastbound SR-118 will be closed between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

  • Ramps within the project area maybe temporarily closed for construction work.  No two consecutive ramps will be closed.
  • Motorists should expect delays and occasional noise and dust.  Closures are subject to change.  Signed detours will be in place.
C.A. Rasmussen Inc. of Valencia, California was awarded this $16.3 million project that is funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program.

Caltrans reminds motorists to Slow For The Cone Zone and Move Over. It’s the law.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Empire Project: A Street-Level View

If you live or work in Burbank, no doubt you’re well aware of the freeway project (known as the Empire Project) now under construction in your fair city. For an overview of the project, you can check out this short video, which provides a bird’s-eye view of the improvements. But you may be wondering what it will look like at street level when all the work is done. What will you see when you’re driving by?

Caltrans has a team of talented landscape architects who work hard to ensure that a project’s aesthetics mesh with the surroundings. For example, they design special architectural treatments for retaining walls, such as this one at the Victory Place separation, looking northwest:

Note the mountain motif on this rendering of the Burbank Boulevard overcrossing, looking east:

And here’s a rendering of the project’s sound walls, covered in trumpet vine and Boston ivy:

The foliage not only looks better than plain ol’ masonry blocks — it also helps deter taggers.

For more information about the Empire Project, visit the I-5 website.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Amtrak Califonria: Be Track Smart

September is Rail Safety Month and Caltrans and Amtrak California are asking Californians to always practice safety when crossing train tracks.

The public is encouraged to pledge to spread the word of rail safety to friends and family. Tweet a friend, post on your Facebook page, tell a co-worker. Get the word out to “Be Track Smart”.

California has more preventable rail-related fatalities and injuries than any other state in the country. Trains and the tracks they travel on can be dangerous if simple safety rules are not followed. 
  • Trains travel in both directions on the SAME track. Be sure to look both ways before crossing.
  • It can take a train up to a mile to stop. If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, get out immediately and run away from the tracks in the direction of the oncoming train.  This will prevent injuries from flying debris when the train hits the vehicle.
  • Never walk, bike, jog, or run down a train track. Trains can be very quiet; you may not hear it coming.
  • Never walk within six feet of a moving train. Trains are wider than the tracks. If you get too close you can be hit or dragged under the train.

 About Amtrak California
Under the Amtrak California banner, Caltrans funds three of the five busiest intercity passenger rail routes in the Amtrak system: the Pacific Surfliner® corridor (ranked second), the Capitol Corridor® (ranked third), and the San Joaquin®  corridor (ranked fifth). Caltrans manages both the Pacific Surfliner® and San Joaquin® corridors. The Capitol Corridor®, although funded by Caltrans, is managed by the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority. Visit us at AmtrakCalifornia.com; join us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AmtrakCalifornia or follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/Amtrak_CA.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Harbor Freeway (I-110) Projects near San Pedro and Wilmington

http://www.portoflosangeles.org/The Port of Los Angeles working in partnership with Caltrans, has initiated two interchange projects that will improve the flow of traffic near the port and in the nearby community of Wilmington ( part of the city of Los Angeles).  

Occasionally, freeway construction projects may require some motorists to find alternate routes to get to their destination.  With a little preparation, delays and tie-ups can hopefully be avoided.  

Check out the Port of Los Angeles web site for more information about the I-110/C Street and I-110/John S. Gibson Projects.

Can We Interest You in a Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant?

Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants can be used for a wide range of purposes, including studying agritourism mobility. This goat is not eligible for a grant, but he can encourage his local transportation commission to apply.

It’s grant time! The Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program was created to support our mission: provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability. There are currently two grants available: Strategic Partnerships and Sustainable Communities.

These grants may be used for a wide range of transportation planning purposes that address local and regional transportation needs and issues and should ultimately lead to the adoption, initiation, and programming of transportation improvements. Recent grants funded projects such as an agritourism mobility study in El Dorado County, an online transit resource guide in Santa Barbara County, and a master parking plan for Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

Who’s eligible? Transit agencies, cities, counties, Native American tribal governments, universities, community colleges, non-profits and more. Important dates:

September 2, 2014: Release Call for Applications
October 16 at 5 pm: Applications due to SCAG
October 31 at 5 pm: Applications due to Caltrans

Questions? Check out the grants website or come to a workshop on Monday, September 8:

When: September 8, 2014, 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: 818 West Seventh St,. 12th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90017
Host: Southern California Association of Governments

For more information, contact Melanie Bradford at Melanie.Bradford@dot.ca.gov.