Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Teamwork Builds A Community's Walking Path

Among those present at the dedication of the Wiseburn Walking Path on Sept. 9, 2017, were
(from left) Ed Siribohdi, senior landscape architect in the Caltrans District 7 Office of
Maintenance Engineering; Paul Lamond, senior right of way agent in the District 7 Division
of Right of Way; Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas; and District 7 Chief
Deputy Director Shirley Choate.
For years, residents in the Wiseburn community near I-405 (San Diego Freeway) in Los Angeles County wished for more recreational amenities in their neighborhood. Their wish came true in 2017 on land owned by Caltrans.

A walking path was developed for community use under a 10-year lease by Caltrans to the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Caltrans staff cooperated in several key areas with the Department of Parks and Recreation to make the vision a reality.

The Wiseburn Walking Path opened in September with a dedication ceremony attended by representatives of Caltrans, the County of Los Angeles and other agencies and organizations, and community members. 

Reclaimed water is used for irrigation along the pedestrian path, thanks
to a recycled water line Caltrans extended.
The Wiseburn Walking Path runs west of South La Cienega Boulevard from 130th Street to 139th Street.

The pedestrian path, made of decomposed gravel, is approximately three-quarters of a mile in length. It has a connection at 135th Street to the city of Hawthorne’s Glasgow Park, giving people an opportunity for combined use and longer walks.

The walking path is equipped with several fitness zone areas with exercise equipment, benches, security lighting and dog waste stations for the convenience of dog owners.

The trail is planted with native and drought-tolerant plant species in an effort to reduce watering. Colorful low-growing accent plant materials highlight the fitness zone areas.

Security lighting is solar powered to reduce energy consumption and support the goal of using renewable energy sources in county projects. Reclaimed water is used for irrigation.

Caltrans staff worked in a productive partnership with the county Department of Parks and Recreation. Ed Siribohdi, Caltrans senior landscape architect, and Toby MacElroy, Caltrans landscape associate, both in the District 7 Office of Maintenance Engineering, were involved in coordination from the planning stage, along with Paul Lamond from District 7 Division of Right of Way.

The Wiseburn Walking Path runs west of South La Cienega
Boulevard from 130th Street to 139th Street, parallel to 
I-405 (San Diego Freeway) in Los Angeles County. It is
about three-quarters of a mile in length.

Lamond and Gary George, both from the Division of Right of Way, drafted the lease agreement so the community could use the space.

During the last phase of construction, District 7 Division of Construction and Division of Maintenance helped in a various ways -- cleaning an adjacent Caltrans slope behind the walking path, extending a recycled water line for irrigation, and planting drought-tolerant plants.

In the Division of Construction, Gilbert Trujillo, Celia Banuelos and Leo Avila were instrumental in extending the recycled water line and irrigating the new planting. A smart controller was implemented to conserve water.

Caltrans’ Torrance Maintenance crew, along with contractor Sierra Landscape, assisted in cleaning the adjacent Caltrans area and planting the slope with drought tolerant plants.

“The successful Wiseburn Walking Path project took the team almost seven years, from planning to the agreement process and then construction,” Siribohdi said. He commended several individuals who were involved from start to finish, including the job superintendent for the project, Dore Burry of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps; the designer of the walking path, Lacey Withers of Withers & Sangren Landscape Architecture; and Andy Lopez with the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Caltrans Project Spotlight: I-210 Pavement Rehabilitation

For anyone who lives in Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridgethe La Crescenta-Montrose area of Glendale, or uses the I-210 (Foothill Freeway) corridor to access the San Fernando Valley, it is hard to miss the construction going on.

Since Spring 2015, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has been working with a contractor, Flat Iron West, Inc., on a $148.5 pavement rehabilitation project for a 9.7 mile section of I-210 from Dunsmore Avenue to North Los Robles Avenue in Pasadena.

Location of I-210 Pavement Rehabilitation Project
Most of the work is being done while many of us are asleep. With completion slated for next summer, the heavily trafficked corridor will provide a smoother drive for motorists and reduce the need for maintenance and further closures.

Here are some important closures to keep on your radar:

  • Westbound I-210 Berkshire Place on-ramp, Foothill Boulevard off-ramp
Since Oct. 31, both the westbound Berkshire on-ramp and Foothill Boulevard off-ramp are closed for up to 45 days for crews to pave road across from the ramps. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and use the Berkshire off-ramp  as an alternate to access Foothill Boulevard.

The I-210 westbound Berkshire on-ramp and Foothill Boulevard off-ramp were closed Oct. 31.

The closures are weather permitting and subject to change, but our goal is to reopen both the Berkshire Place on-ramp and Foothill Boulevard off-ramp the week after Thanksgiving.

  • Westbound I-210 connector to California/Del Mar Boulevard/State Route 110
Since Oct. 30, the westbound I-210 connector to access California and Del Mar Boulevards and State Route 110 has been closed during the week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. At this time, crews are installing permanent lighting in the tunnel to enhance visibility. This work is expected to continue through the month of November.

Once this work is complete, they switch to the eastbound connector and install permanent lighting in the two tunnels motorists travel through heading into Pasadena. A start date and time for that work is to be determined.
The westbound I-210 connector to Del Mar/California Boulevard/State Route 110 will be closed during the week to install permanent tunnel lighting.
  • Overnight lane, on/off-ramp and connector closures
Various lanes, connectors and on/off-ramps along I-210 from Lowell Avenue to Walnut Street will be closed intermittently 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Saturday, for the duration of the project.

These closures are needed for pavement work on the outside lanes, and installing new guardrail and sign structures.

Certain closures may start later Friday night and extend until 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

For the latest traffic information, including closures, you can use the Caltrans QuickMap online, or download the QuickMap app for free on any iPhone or Android device.

  • Future Work/Extended Closures
Starting next week, Caltrans will close the eastbound I-210 Ocean View Boulevard on-ramp for up to 45 days so crews can pave the road across from the ramp.

The remaining extended ramp closures through the spring will be mostly eastbound from Ocean View Boulevard to Walnut Street, as the work shifts towards Pasadena.

For the latest information about the project, you can visit the Caltrans I-210 Pavement Rehabilitation Project web page here.

Overnight work on Hawthorne Boulevard (State Route 107) in Torrance approaching final stretch

Crews are getting closer and closer to completing pavement work on a stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard (State Route 107) in Torrance.

Since early October, R.J. Noble Company of Orange has been repaving both directions of Hawthorne Boulevard between Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) and Fashion Way, adjacent to Del Amo Fashion Center.
The area where pavement work is being done on Hawthorne Boulevard (State Route 107).
Crews began work on the northbound section of Hawthorne Boulevard between Sepulveda Boulevard and Fashion Way, before moving to the southbound side.
Pavement work on northbound Hawthorne Boulevard.
Right now, crews are working on the second section, from Sepulveda Boulevard to Pacific Coast Highway.

Next week, Crews will finish up paving, installing loop detectors, and place the final, permanent lane striping on Hawthorne Boulevard from Sepulveda Boulevard to Fashion Way.

The $5 million project was requested through a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Director's Order, which allows Caltrans to expedite critical work by making exceptions to the normal contract bidding process.
Before and after pictures of pavement work on southbound Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance

Due to the high volume of traffic on Hawthorne Boulevard and a series of winter storms earlier this year, cracks, debris and potholes started to form requiring immediate permanent fixes to ensure motorist safety.

In addition to replacing concrete to provide a smoother ride for motorists, crews will be adding new permanent lane striping and installing loop detectors that will monitor traffic flows and help ease congestion.
Paving truck used for work on Hawthorne Boulevard (State Route 107)
We anticipate completing the project as soon as the end of November, after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Equipment used for paving work on Hawthorn Boulevard in Torrance
Over the next three weeks, motorists should plan ahead for nighttime closures on both northbound and southbound Hawthorne Boulevard from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.Monday to Friday, and 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Friday to Saturday.

The work is weather permitting and subject to change, with most of the remaining work on Hawthorne Boulevard from Sepulveda Boulevard to Pacific Coast Highway.

For real-time traffic information, including closures, you can use the Caltrans QuickMap online, or by downloading the free app on your iPhone or Android device.

We will also post releases for upcoming closures on Hawthorne Boulevard here, and on our Twitter page.

We appreciate the community's patience as we continue to work to provide an efficient, safe and sustainable transportation system not only in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, but statewide.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Making repairs when Mother Nature strikes: The La Conchita Bike Path

Earlier this month, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) crews made critical repairs to part of the La Conchita Bike Path in Ventura County.

Over the course of four days, workers restored the surface to a 30-foot section of the bike path that washed away, and put in new fencing on the path's northbound side.

From Oct. 10 to Oct. 13, Caltrans crews replaced a 30-foot section of the La Conchita Bike Path that washed away during winter storms in February.
Section of La Conchita Bike Path near Mussel Shoals that washed away during winter storm.
The two-way bike path opened in fall 2014 , and runs parallel to U.S. 101 and Pacific Ocean from just south of Mobil Pier Road in Ventura County to Casitas Pass Road in Santa Barbara County.

The bike path was part of a $102 million Caltrans project that began in spring 2012, and included the construction of a six-mile carpool lane, a pedestrian undercrossing in La Conchita, and other drainage and landscaping improvements.

Area where La Conchita Bike Path and new carpool lane is located on U.S. 101.
When Mother Nature Strikes

But earlier this year, a series of February storms that brought record rain to the region damaged multiple locations along U.S. 101 from the Main Street on-ramp in Ventura to the Ventura/Santa Barbara County line.

The slides prompted full closures on U.S. 101 as Caltrans crews and other partnering agencies like California Highway Patrol and the Ventura County Fire Department worked to maintain safe access to an essential route along the California coast.

The storms not only damaged part of the La Conchita Bike Path and U.S. 101, but also caused sinkholes, debris flow and erosion damage.
Director's Order

In order to prevent any long-term closures or disruptions to U.S. 101, more than $3 million in emergency funding was requested to complete necessary repairs, including work on the La Conchita Bike Path.

Other work included repairs to sinkholes, clearing and reconnecting drainage systems, and stabilizing slopes.
Sinkhole that formed following winter storms.

The request for the work was done through what is called a Director's Order. It allows Caltrans to expedite critical work during an emergency by making exceptions to the normal contract bidding process.

An emergency could be an unexpected event, like a storm, flood, fire, earthquake, or other natural disaster that causes damage to or threatens any state-owned structure such as a bridge, dam or other highway facility.

Anytime there is an unexpected event that causes damage to our state's highways and freeways, there are measures in place for Caltrans to act quickly, and work to make our state's transportation system safe and accessible to the millions of Californians that use them.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Making progress on I-210 (Foothill Freeway) Pavement Rehabilitation Project

A $148.5 million dollar project to replace and repair pavement along the I-210 (Foothill Freeway) corridor is entering the final stretch.

Since Spring 2015, Caltrans has been working on a 9.7 mile section of I-210 from the La Crescenta-Montrose area of Glendale to Pasadena that will provide a smoother and safer drive for motorists when the project is slated to be finished by Summer 2018.
The I-210 Pavement Rehabilitation project is scheduled to finish Summer 2018.
Crews put in precast concrete slab.
The project is now 76 percent complete, with current work focusing on replacing concrete pavement on outside lanes between the Glendale Freeway (SR-2) and the Ventura Freeway (SR-134).

In addition to repaving and replacing lanes with precast slabs, crews are adding new concrete median barriers and guardrails, re-striping lanes, upgrading signs and sign structures and reconstructing curb ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Crews will also be repainting tunnels, and adding new electrical and lighting.

  • Westbound I-210 connector to Del Mar Boulevard/California Boulevard exit
Since Oct. 11, the westbound I-210 connector to the Del Mar/California Boulevard exit has been closed daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for tunnel repairs. During the closure, crews are washing and then repainting the tunnel.

The connector is scheduled to reopen Friday, Oct. 20, but will close again intermittently for crews to add new lighting.
  • Westbound I-210 Berkshire Place off-ramp
Since Sept. 25, the westbound Berkshire off-ramp has been closed for crews to pave roads across the ramp. It is scheduled to reopen Oct. 27.
  • Eastbound I-210 Lincoln Avenue on-ramp
The on-ramp closed around 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16 and will remain closed until 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30 for repairs.

During the closure, crews will replace pavement on the auxiliary lane, or the lane between the on and next off ramp.

Detour signs will be posted. To access eastbound I-210, motorists may use the Windsor Avenue/Arroyo Boulevard or Mountain Street on-ramps.

The Lincoln on-ramp will temporarily open Saturday, Oct. 21 around 3 p.m. for fans leaving the UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl, and stay open until about two hours after the game ends.


Motorists should anticipate more connector, lane and on/off ramp closures until the scheduled project completion date of Summer 2018.

                  Westbound I-210 Berkshire on-ramp will close for up to 45 days starting Oct. 30.

  • Westbound I-210 Berkshire Place on-ramp & Foothill Boulevard off-ramp
Starting Oct. 30, the westbound Berkshire Place on-ramp and Foothill Boulevard off-ramp will close for up to 45 days. Motorists may experience delays and should plan ahead.
  • Various lanes, ramps and connectors from Lowell Avenue to Mountain Street
Intermittent closures during weeknights will continue from Lowell Avenue to Mountain Street until Summer 2018, when the project is scheduled to be complete

All closures are weather permitting and subject to change.


The Foothill Freeway is a major thoroughfare that serves drivers between Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. As a result, new roads are needed to ensure I-210 can remain a safe, efficient and viable transportation network for drivers.

The roadway improvements are intended to extend the pavement life for 40 years, minimizing the need for maintenance and ultimately, further closures.

Caltrans appreciates the community's understanding, and patience, during these improvements to the Foothill Freeway.

And as you are traveling through the construction zone, remember to "Be Work Zone Alert" and "Slow for the Cone Zone."

Thursday, October 12, 2017



Northbound I-710 Connector to Eastbound State Route 91
Will CLOSE for 55-hours Beginning Friday, October 20th

(NORTH LONG BEACH) The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) today announced the closure of the northbound I-710 connector to eastbound SR91 (Artesia Freeway) for 55 hours starting Friday October 20, 2017 for bridge repair. Closure times are:

From 10 p.m. Friday October 20 through 5 a.m. Monday, October 23

Detour: Northbound I-710 connector to westbound SR91. Exit at Long Beach Blvd south to the on-ramp to eastbound SR91. Detour signs will be in place.

In conjunction with this bridge work, the eastbound SR91 connector to northbound I-710 will also be restricted to one lane during the same hours.

The closure of the ramp is necessary to provide a safe work environment for crews to repair girder damage to the bridge.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New campaign about pedestrian safety on Caltrans changeable message signs

You may have noticed a new message that caught your attention while driving on a freeway or highway last week.

The new message on Caltrans' changeable message signs (CMS) first appeared Sept. 7 and reads, "Watch for people walking on all roadways."

According to Wayne Ziese with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the message is part of a public information campaign addressing pedestrian safety on our state's roadways.

"The traffic safety messaging in the CMS is run jointly by OTS, CHP (California Highway Patrol) and Caltrans with help from the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) and the State Transportation Agency," OTS spokesperson Wayne Ziese said.

New message on Caltrans changeable message sign raises awareness about pedestrian safety on roadways.

While OTS is the lead agency for safety campaign messages, Caltrans and CHP work together to develop the messages like the ones many drivers across the state saw last week.

September is also California Pedestrian Safety Month, thanks to a resolution passed by the state senate last year. The designation is intended to raise awareness about the increasing numbers of pedestrians killed and injured on roadways through a series of messages for drivers and pedestrians to be alert and share the road responsibly.

Numbers compiled by OTS show that pedestrian deaths are on the rise. In 2015, 813 pedestrians were killed on California roadways, with pedestrians accounting for nearly 25 percent of all roadway deaths. In 2005, pedestrians accounted for just 17 percent of all roadway deaths.

This particular safety message campaign ended on Sunday, but Caltrans, CHP and OTS will continually discuss whether the same type of messaging will be used next year on Caltrans' 800 CMS across the state, 70 of which are in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Caltrans and our partnering agencies have similar safety campaigns (think "Slow For the Cone Zone" and "Be Work Zone Alert") that are used on CMS and other signage throughout the year.

OTS uses Caltrans CMS for other safety campaigns like wearing seat belts ("Click It or Ticket"), DUI crackdowns ("DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze") and distracted driving. The campaigns are done over four-day periods.

Safety campaigns from Caltrans and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about slowing down in work zones and moving over for emergency vehicles.

So the next time you get behind the wheel, be mindful of Caltrans working to make our drive safer, move over for emergency crews, wear your seat belt and put down the phone.