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.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Safety Tips

The scariest part of Halloween isn’t the spooky costumes — it’s alcohol-impaired drivers. In 2012, almost HALF of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver. In 2012 alone, 26 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes on October 31. Don't let Halloween turn into a nightmare! A few key safety points: 

   > Always designate a sober driver, even if you only plan to have a drink or two. Buzzed driving is drunk driving.  

   > If you’re at a Halloween party and see someone who is about to drive drunk, take their keys and help them find a safe ride. If the person says they’re not drunk, remind them that buzzed driving is drunk driving and help them find a safe ride.  

   > If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911. It IS your business—you could save a life.  
Motorists need to be especially alert and cautious when driving on Halloween because of the high number of pedestrians walking the streets, many of them kids. Here are some helpful reminders: 

   > Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.

   > Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. 

   > Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
   > At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

   > Never use your cell phone while driving. 

And finally, some tips for your kids:

   >  Discourage teens from driving on Halloween. There are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers.

   >  Instruct your children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and avoid trick-or-treating alone. 

   >  Give your children flashlights with fresh batteries to help them see and for others to see them. 

   >  Make sure your child or a responsible adult with them carries a cell phone for quick communication. 

   >  Review all appropriate pedestrian and traffic safety rules with your children. 

   > Look both ways before crossing the street and use established crosswalks whenever possible.  

   > Walk, do not run, from house to house.  

   > Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
 Have a happy and safe Halloween! (Go easy on those fun-size candy bars.)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Full Closure of North and Southbound I-405 in Long Beach

Partially demolished I-405 bridge at Temple Avenue
Closures are as follows and subject to change:

Monday, November 3, through Thursday, November 6
8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  – North and Southbound I-405 Lakewood Boulevard to Cherry Avenue 

FULL FREEWAY CLOSURE begins at 12 a.m. and ends at 5 a.m.

Local businesses will remain open throughout the duration of construction.

Detours will be posted. 

This bridge rehabilitation project will require sections of guardrail and overhead portion of the Temple Avenue bridge to be demolished and reconstructed.  As part of this project, the Spring Street on-ramp onto southbound I-405 will be closed until late 2014.  

This project began in January 2014 and is expected to finish in late 2014.  The contractor on this $2.5 million project is DW Powell Construction Inc. of Fontana, California.  The project is funded through the State Highway and Operations Protection Program (SHOPP).

For questions about this project, please contact Public Affairs Officer Peter Jones at 213-897-0106.

Monday, October 27, 2014

I-5 Closures in Burbank and Arleta This Week

Along with the usual construction-related closures motorists who drive I-5 have grown accustomed to, there are a couple of SPECIAL closures in Burbank and Arleta this week:

Burbank: The southbound I-5 Buena Vista Street off-ramp will be closed on Tuesday, October 28, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. for a concrete pour.

Arleta: Northbound I-5 will be closed between Osborne Street and Paxton Street, 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m., the nights of Tuesday, December 28, and Wednesday, December 29, for signage work. A detour will be posted.

To stay on top of all the I-5 closures between SR-134 and the Kern County line, sign up to receive notifications in your inbox. Visit the I-5 website and select your areas of interest in the 'Stay Informed' box in the left column.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Caltrans Helps Keep Roads Safe, Motorists Moving During Fire Season

Have you ever wondered what Caltrans employees do when there’s a big fire? In the video below, you get a behind-the-scenes look at a Caltrans tree-clearing crew in action along I-80 on the site of the Applegate Fire. The blaze began burning on October 8, 2014, consuming 459 acres in Northern California’s Placer County. The burnt trees along the highway had compromised root systems and were in danger of toppling over onto vehicles, especially in the event of rain. The Caltrans tree crew made sure that won't happen.

Friday, October 17, 2014

55-Hour Closure of Verdugo Avenue On- and Off-ramps to Southbound I-5 in Burbank

Caltrans will close the southbound I-5 Verdugo Avenue on- and off-ramps from 10 p.m. on Friday, October 24 to 5 a.m. Monday, October 27 to pour new concrete and pave the widened sections of freeway.   

Signed detours will be in place.  Motorists should expect delays.  Closures are subject to change. 
Caltrans reminds motorists to Slow For The Cone Zone and Move Over. It’s the law.

About the Project
This project is building a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction along the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, a total distance of 5.4 miles (2.7 miles in each direction). It is also constructing sound walls and retaining walls.
Funding for this $57.8 million project is provided by Proposition C.  The contractor is Security Paving of Sun Valley, California.  Work began in March 2011 and is expected to be completed in late 2016.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

One Text or Call Could Wreck It All

Next week, Caltrans is rolling out a safety campaign focusing on distracted driving. From October 20 to 24, motorists will notice the following message on electronic freeway signs throughout California: ONE TEXT OR CALL COULD WRECK IT ALL. (The message will be preempted for Amber alerts, emergency notifications, incidents, and travel times.)

We all know that texting while driving is a bad -- potentially tragic -- idea, but at any given moment during the day in the United States, 660,000 people are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices. Tech-savvy young people are the worst offenders.

So, a friendly reminder: never, ever text while driving. There is no text so urgent that it's worth risking your life and the lives of other motorists. Here are some sobering stats to help drive the point home:

> 80 percent of vehicle crashes involve some sort of driver inattention.

> Up to 6,000 people annually are killed in crashes nationwide where driver distractions are involved.

> Talking on a cell phone or texting is the number-one source of driver distraction.

> Texting takes your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, far enough to travel the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour. Most crashes happen within less than three seconds of reaction time.

> The act of talking on a cell phone, even hands free, can give you “inattention blindness,” where your brain isn’t seeing what’s right in front of you. You aren’t even aware that you are driving impaired.

For more information about distracted driving, visit the Office of Traffic Safety website.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

55-Hour Closure of Verdugo Boulevard On- and Off-ramps to Southbound I-5 in Burbank

UPDATE:  This closure has been postponed.  It is expected that the closure will begin on Friday, October 24, instead of Friday, October 17.

Caltrans will close the southbound I-5 Verdugo Boulevard on- and off-ramps from 10 p.m. on Friday, October 17 to 5 a.m. Monday, October 20 to enhance the ramps and portions of the mainline.   

Signed detours will be in place.  Motorists should expect delays.  Closures are subject to change.

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

Verdugo Boulevard ramps in Burbank