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.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Behind the K-Rail: Inside a Bore Pit

If you've driven in the vicinity of the Empire Center in Burbank, no doubt you've noticed all the construction work underway, including bore pits on Victory Place north of Empire Avenue. The purpose of the bore pits is to set up bore-driving equipment, which will drive a 24-inch steel casing through the ground approximately 110 feet from a jacking pit to a receiving pit. The bore pits are about 30 feet deep, 20 feet wide and 12 feet long. Here's what it looks like inside a bore pit: 

Eventually, a plastic conduit will be inserted inside the steel casing, and communication lines will go inside the casing. Manholes will be built inside the pit, and the area around the manhole will be backfilled with dirt. The entire operation will take four to five weeks. The work is part of the Empire Project.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Caltrans will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposed regulations governing the State Route 710 property sales on Thursday, August 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at  the Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church, 2241 North Eastern Avenue in Los Angeles.

The proposed regulations will outline how surplus properties along the State Route 710 corridor in Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno will be sold pursuant to state law.

Caltrans extended the written comment period on July 31 in order to give the public more time to understand and comment on this complex process. Written comments must be received by Caltrans no later than 5 p.m. on September 2, 2014. These may be submitted by e-mail to Affordable_Sales_Program@dot.ca.gov; by fax to 916-654-6378; or by mail to:

Caltrans Division of Right of Way and Land Surveys
ATTN:  Affordable Sales Program
California Department of Transportation
1120 N Street, MS 37
Sacramento, CA  95814

Caltrans will submit final regulations to the Office of Administrative Law for approval later this fall.
Caltrans set up a hotline for English and Spanish speakers (213-897-8184) and a web site (www.dot.ca.gov/dist07/business/710sales) to help answer questions about the proposed sale process and how it will impact tenants after the regulations are approved and adopted this fall.

For more information on the proposed regulations, visit the California Regulatory Notice Register (www.oal.ca.gov/res/docs/pdf/notice/22z-2014.pdf) or Caltrans’ web site (www.dot.ca.gov/regulations.htm).

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Reasons to Follow Us on Twitter

Need a good reason to follow us on Twitter? How about this:

That's a shot of cleanup efforts on SR-60 in El Monte after a bad accident this morning involving a tanker truck and multiple cars. A segment of SR-60 and the I-605 connectors were closed for several hours. The backups stretched for miles.

If you were following us on Twitter (@Caltransdist7), you would have received updates about the accident and resulting congestion on impacted freeways, allowing you to make smart choices about your travel and avoid delays. PLUS, we tweet construction updates, significant closures, commuter alerts, event info and much more. So, go ahead, start following us today. The five seconds you spend reading 140 characters could save you hours sitting in traffic.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Life After Relocation: Caltrans Museum Exhibit Explores the Human Face of Property Acquisition

In the chicken and egg logic of urban development, attractive housing prices draw people to an area, which creates more development and more traffic. 

It's Caltrans' job to ensure that freeways and state highways are operating at maximum efficiency. In crowded Los Angeles County, it is sometimes necessary to acquire private property in order to make room for freeway improvement projects. This process requires sensitivity and dedication on the part of Caltrans right-of-way agents to ensure that property owners are satisfied with their new homes. 

Over our many decades of experience, Caltrans has learned a thing or two about making the experience of moving people living in the freeway's path easier and, in some cases, actually improving their lives in the process. We also relocate businesses, which involves finding a location suitable to their specific requirements. And now, after moving a petting zoo in the city of Norwalk, we even have experience relocating animals.

The Right-of-Way process and the experiences of people relocated to enable vital improvements to the Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) in the cities of Downey, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs and La Mirada are the subject of the latest Caltrans District 7 Museum exhibit.  

Those improvements constitute a $1.6 billion investment that will enhance safety, improve traffic flow, reduce congestion, encourage ride sharing, decrease surface street traffic and help improve air quality.

The exhibit, on display now through early fall, examines the experiences of people who have been relocated, illustrated through a collection of doorknobs. Each doorknob in the exhibit was saved from someone's home. It represents a portal into their new lives and also a passageway into the Caltrans family, because we also became connected to the property owners in the process of working with them.

The museum is located at 100 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.

210 Sunland Boulevard Long-Term Ramp Closures

Caltrans will close the eastbound Foothill Boulevard (I-210) Sunland Boulevard North and Sunland Boulevard South on-ramps beginning Monday, August 18, 2014. Detour signs will be posted. The closures are anticipated to continue through September, 2014. 

The closures are part of a $67.2 million rehabilitation project along I-210 between Lowell Avenue and Wheatland Avenue. Once the work is completed in 2016, the new surface will provide a smoother, safer drive for motorists, reduce time required for maintenance and minimize the need for further lane closures.

Caltrans reminds you to Slow For The Cone Zone

Friday, August 8, 2014

Behind the K-Rail: Photo Update for I-5 HOV, SR-134 to Magnolia Blvd., 8/8/2014

Construction crews have been pouring tons of concrete along I-5 in Burbank to widen bridges and lanes to accommodate for a future HOV or carpool lane.

The picture briefly explains the "anatomy" of the freeway pavement on southbound I-5, just north of the Alameda Avenue exit in Burbank.

Behind the K-Rail: The Empire Project

If you drive southbound I-5 in Burbank, you've probably noticed a lot of work going on this week near the Buena Vista Street off-ramp. If you could peek behind the k-rail (and please do NOT try to peek behind the k-rail), you would see this:

So what's going on? Crews are clearing and grubbing (that's construction-speak for removing vegetation) and excavating for a new retaining wall. The retaining wall is part of the Empire Project, which — among other things — is widening the freeway to make room for a carpool lane in each direction between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street. Clearing and grubbing is expected to wrap up today. The excavation work will continue through August 19.