Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Paramount Boulevard Bridge Revisited For Final Restoration Above SR-60 in Montebello

Caltrans will begin the final restoration of the Paramount Boulevard bridge above the Pomona Freeway (SR-60) by realigning and upgrading two cloverleaf ramps to current standards, constructing sidewalks, and adding pedestrian ramps that meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards. Additionally, three retaining walls will be constructed along the westbound on- and off-ramps, and along the westbound on-ramp near the intersection of Paramount Boulevard and Neil Armstrong Street. 
This week: The Paramount Boulevard off- and on-ramps to and from east- and westbound SR-60 will close 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday, February 1 to Friday, February 5 so construction crews can begin installing concrete barriers (K-rails). 

Expected work schedule for the project:
Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On- and off-ramps will occasionally close 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

During this project, residents, businesses, and motorists should expect occasional day time lane closures and construction noise from heavy equipment. Caltrans noise and vibration specialists will monitor the work to ensure that the noise levels don’t exceed federal and state mandated noise levels. 

In 2011, the Paramount Boulevard Bridge was demolished and rebuilt under an emergency contract after a gasoline tanker fire on the freeway below severely damaged the bridge.  The new bridge, built to modern standards, was opened to the public in May 2012.  The new bridge is wider than the original bridge that was built in 1967.  Once this project is completed, the flow of traffic and safety will be enhanced, congestion reduced, and it will accommodate future traffic demands.
This $6.2 million project was awarded to Powell Constructors of Fontana, California.  The project is expected to finish by January 2017.  This project is funded by the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Fund.  
Dec. 2012 when Paramount was demolished.

Paramount demolished. 

Please Be Work Zone Alert.  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

91 "Steer Clear": Not Another Carmegeddon

The Riverside County Transportation Commission in coordination with Caltrans will close eastbound and westbound SR-91 between SR-71 and I-15, Friday, February 19, 2016 at 9 pm to Monday, February 22, 2016 at 4 am. 

The 55-hour weekend closure of SR-91 will allow crews to consolidate three major construction activities and help ensure the safety of project crews and motorists by eliminating the possibility of conflicts. In case of rainstorms or inclement weather, the closure will be postponed to the next weekend, weather permitting.
For details about the 91 Steer Clear, visit:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

All In a Day's Work: Blasting a 20-Ton Rock to Bits

It weighed 20 tons. It was sitting in the middle of the westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 50 near Kyburz. It was blocking traffic. It had to be moved. Like, now.

But how exactly do you move a 20-ton boulder that has just crashed down the hillside onto the road? You don’t. It’s too big to move. You have to blow it up.

Check out the video below to see how Caltrans blasters handled the boulder problem.

Note: These are highly trained professional explosives experts. Do no try this at home.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

El Niño, El Niño, El Niño… In the News

The effects of this gargantuan weather pattern, El Niño, has many wondering about what affects it could have on our transportation system in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.  So #ICYMI (that’s a social media acronym or shorthand for: in case you missed it), there has been a few stories about this matter.  

Side point:  Have you figured out how to put the “ñ” in “El Niño”?  Just hold down the ALT button and type “164” on your number pad. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

San Gabriel Canyon Road (SR-39) Closure in Angeles National Forest

Caltrans environmental planner Francois Appiah points out mud slide and washout.
Caltrans will continue to restrict access to San Gabriel Canyon Road (SR-39) due to mud slides and road washouts caused by early January rains in the Cabin fire burn area in the Angeles National Forest.  The closure is just north of East Fork Road, 13 miles north of the Foothill Freeway (SR-210).  The closure is expected to be in place for several weeks.
Caltrans damage assessment coordinators and geotechnical technical team are in the process of:
  • Developing repair solutions and hiring a contractor to rebuild three damaged sections of highway.
  • Clearing debris basins alongside the highway for future storms.
  • Rebuilding and stabilizing the slopes above and below the highway.
  • Securing permits from Angeles National Forest, California Fish and Wildlife, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, and US Waterways to begin repairs. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Full Closure of Buena Vista Street Jan. 23-24

Buena Vista Street bridge widening, looking south.
If you use Buena Vista Street under I-5 Burbank in Burbank, there’s a full street closure coming up this weekend that we’d like you to know about. 

Buena Vista Street will be closed in both directions between Winona Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard for bridge work Saturday, Jan. 23, at 3 a.m. to Sunday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. Crews are widening I-5 to make room for new carpool lanes, which means the bridge needs to be widened. They’re also building an elevated railroad bridge over Buena Vista Street, eliminating the grade-level crossing. The closure is necessary to keep motorists, pedestrians, and construction crews safe while work is underway this weekend. Signed detours will be posted. Learn more about the project here

As always, construction activities and closures are subject to change—and that’s especially true during these stormy El Niño months. To make sure you stay informed about any schedule changes, sign up to receive updates here

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Signs Save Energy, Reduce Costs

Caltrans is always looking for ways to improve the freeway and highway system in California—from the pavement you drive on to the signs overhead. Speaking of the latter, we're now installing new retro-reflective signs, which provide a double bonus for the public: they're more visible than traditional signage, and they don't require sign-mounted lights to be seen—they're illuminated by motorists’ headlights. 

These new signs helps Caltrans save money on energy costs and reduce our carbon footprint. And because crews don't have to maintain sign lighting, the signage reduces our crews' exposure to live traffic, and fewer closures for maintenance means less inconvenience to motorists. Check out the video below to learn more.