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, April 14, 2015

Sinkhole Closes One Lane on SR-118 in Ventura

FINAL UPDATE: All lanes were opened at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April. 14. 

The number one lane of eastbound SR-118 between SR-126 and Telephone Road is expected to remain closed until Thursday, April 16.  Motorists should consider alternative routes and avoid this area.  

The sinkhole was caused by a leak from a reinforced concrete drainage pipe joint.  Water inside the pipe will be removed, the break will be patched, and the void will be filled with concrete slurry.

A contractor has been hired to repair the pipe and maintain traffic control. 

The top of the 10'X10' and five-feet deep sinkhole was found by a Caltrans maintenance crew member on Monday, April 13 at 11 a.m.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Give Us Your Feedback: 2nd Public Hearing for SR-710 is April 14!

The second of four public hearings to provide feedback on the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for SR-710 will be held Tuesday, April 14, 2015. (View the document it here.)

The EIR/EIS looks at five alternatives to improve transportation in the 4.5-mile SR-710 “gap” between SR-710 in Alhambra and I-210 in Pasadena, including:

  ->  No Build option that would leave conditions as they are. 

  ->  A traffic management system to upgrade and synchronize signals and improvements to local street intersections to more quickly move traffic that exits the dead end freeway. 

  ->  A rapid bus line featuring high frequency service with minimal stops and potentially a dedicated bus lane.

  ->  Light rail to carry passengers between East Los Angeles and Pasadena.

  ->  A freeway tunnel that would extend the SR-710.

No decisions have been made on any proposed alternative. A 120-day public comment period for the draft study began March 6 and ends July 6, 2015.

You can provide comments verbally at one of the hearings, in writing by filling out a comment card at a hearing, or online here.

If you have questions about the five alternatives or the study process, you can ask one of the subject matter experts located in the Map Viewing area at the hearings.

Location info for the three remaining hearings is below. For all hearings, the map viewing period is 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the public hearing is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
La Canada High School Auditorium – Building B
4463 Oak Grove Drive
La Canada, CA 91011

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church – Multi-Purpose Room
2241 N. Eastern Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Glenn Anderson Freeway (I-105)/San Diego Freeway (I-405) Interchange To Close 7 Hours for Maintenance

Caltrans will close the westbound I-105 connectors to north- and southbound I-405 along with several ramps to remove weeds, litter and debris on Sunday, April 12 from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m.  

Over 80 Caltrans maintenance crew members (white and yellow hardhats) along with court referrals (orange hardhats) will be working within the closure.  This closure is subject to change.

Please consider using quickmap.dot.ca.gov for traffic conditions.  

The following ramps will be closed:

Westbound Century Boulevard to northbound I-405 
Prairie Avenue to westbound I-105
Manchester Boulevard to northbound I-405 

Manchester Boulevard to northbound I-405 

Manchester Boulevard from Northbound I-405 
Slip and Collector Ramps to be Closed
Northbound I-405 Manchester Boulevard/La Cienega Boulevard slip-ramp (tunnel)
Northbound I-405 Manchester Boulevard/ La Cienega Boulevard slip-ramp 

Caltrans reminds motorists to Slow For The Cone Zone, Move Over, and Be 
Work Zone Alert. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Combating Copper Crooks

Copper wire theft is a crime that has cost Caltrans and taxpayers more than $7 million a year since the metal’s worth soared in 2008. Thieves target everything from electronic highway message signs to underground conduit used to operate traffic lights. 

In response, Caltrans is using aluminum instead of copper for some applications, installing tamper-proof boxes, setting up security cameras, and working with local law enforcement to help prevent the theft of this very expensive metal. Learn more in the video below.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Caltrans Buffers Birds

Red-Tailed Hawk seen devouring its prey atop an utility pole in Echo Park near SR-2. Picture taken by a Caltrans biologist.  
The Glendale Freeway (SR-2) Terminus Soundwall Project is underway in Echo Park, a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles. Obviously, this project will benefit the residents that live alongside of the freeway, but Caltrans is also looking out for the residents of the trees in the area, too – the birds.

How so? Caltrans complies with the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, as well as the California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act, which require the department to take proactive steps to protect our feathered friends. So, before beginning a freeway construction project, Caltrans biologists perform pre-construction surveys in the project area to identify any active nests. This is particularly important during bird nesting season, February 1 to September 1. If biologists find an active nest, a “no work” buffer zone of up to 500 feet in radius (depending on the bird species) is created to avoid impacting the nesting birds during construction.

House Wren on a post along SR-39 (San Gabriel Cyn. Rd.)

Why is the buffer zone needed? Loud noises – and there’s often a LOT of loud noises on construction sites — may result in nest abandonment. In other words, the parent birds could leave the nest and never return, abandoning the hatchlings. That’s bad parenting even by Hollywood standards. Environmental stewardship is an important part of what we do at Caltrans. For that reason (and because birds are amazing and beautiful creatures), we will continue to support strong bird families and healthy hatchlings, requiring the dozers to stand down during nesting season.

DONE! I-5 Pavement Rehab in North Los Angeles County is Complete!

I-5 commuters in north Los Angeles County rejoice! The $100 million pavement rehabilitation project on I-5 between Vista Del Lago Road and the Kern County Line, a distance of 15.4 miles, is finally done … six months ahead of schedule.

The project involved replacing slabs in both directions, improving drainage, upgrading guardrail, adding post mile signage, widening inside shoulders, replacing broken approach and departure slabs, and repaving ramps.

Work began in April 2012, and finished ahead of schedule due to innovative lane closure strategies that allowed the contractor, Griffith/Coffman Joint Venture, to expedite the work while keeping a sufficient number of lanes open to maintain traffic flow.

The improvements enhance safety, provide a smoother ride for motorists, extend the life of the pavement, and reduce maintenance costs and closures.

This project is part of Caltrans’ ongoing I-5 corridor improvements, which include pavement rehabilitation, carpool lanes and connectors, truck lanes, grade separations, interchange improvements, and pedestrian overcrossings. More information is at My5LA.com.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

U Drive. U Text. U PAY.

April is distracted driving month, and from April 10 to April 15, 2015, law enforcement personnel nationwide will be using a combination of strategies to crack down on motorists who text and drive. Enforcement strategies include roving police patrols, spotters strategically located on local and state roadways, and stationary police vehicles prominently placed around communities to observe and cite violators of the law.

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. ALL distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. Because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far one of the most alarming distractions. Some key stats:

   >  According to the latest data from NHTSA, nationwide in 2013, 3,154 people were killed and an estimated additional 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involv­ing distracted drivers.  

   According to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55-mph for the length of an entire football field.

The brief video below shows just how deadly texting while driving can be.

Remember: if you’re texting, you’re not driving. Learn more here.