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.
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, November 20, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
The adopted projects come from California’s eight largest Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Fresno Council of Governments; Sacramento Area Council of Governments: Southern California Association of Governments; Metropolitan Transportation Commission (Bay Area); San Joaquin Council of Governments; Stanislaus Council of Governments; Tulare County Association of Governments; and Kern Council of Governments.
Last year, Governor Brown signed legislation creating the ATP. The new program combined several small bike and pedestrian-related grant funds into a comprehensive program.
Safe mobility for everyone—including pedestrians and bicyclists—is part of Caltrans’ mission to provide a sustainable transportation system that will help make California a better place to live and enhance our economy. The ATP supports a healthy lifestyle that also helps achieve California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Purple Heart Trail was established in 1992 by the congressionally sanctioned Military Order of the Purple Heart to be a symbolic trail throughout all 50 states to commemorate and honor all men and women who have been wounded or given their lives in combat while serving in the U.S. armed forces. The Purple Heart Trail originates in Mount Vernon, Virginia, and traverses the United States to California.
Check out the video below to see the Caltrans Mission Hills sign crew installing a Purple Heart Trail sign on southbound U.S. 101 near Bates Road.
Monday, November 10, 2014
|Dr. E.D. Botts|
In 1950 Dr. E.D. Botts joined the Department of Public Works, Division of Highways, (now known as Caltrans) as a Senior Chemical Testing Engineer in the Materials and Research Department in Sacramento.
Moderate to heavy rainfall or darkness caused the painted white lines on freeways to disappear. In 1954, Botts developed a type of raised button or dot made of concrete to substitute for the painted white line. Eventually, it was discovered that dots made of polyester or epoxy-type resin plastic were more durable. In 1966, “Botts’ Dots” was mandated for Los Angeles area freeways in 1966 – millions were installed.
Botts was widely known for his work with paints used by the Division of Highways for improved traffic striping and the protection of structural steel. He also pioneered the use of epoxy resins in binders and adhesives, and received national recognition for his work.
|Model shows arrangement of dots with reflectorized pavement markers in 1966.|
Botts, born in Missouri in 1893, served in the U.S. Army during World War I, received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. In 1924 he became chief chemist for American Marine Paint Co. in San Francisco. From 1928 to 1944 he was a professor of chemistry at San Jose State College (now University). He was a technical adviser to the Small War Plants Corporation and the U.S. Department of Commerce in Los Angeles. He also served for two years as a research chemist with the Veterans Hospital in San Fernando Valley. Botts stayed with the Division of Highways until his retirement on January 1, 1960. He passed away in 1962.
Source: California Highway and Public Works, January-February 1960 and Caltrans Headquarters Library
Thursday, November 6, 2014
|View of the direct connector from I-605.|
|The direct connector will be 58 feet at its highest point.|
|Retaining walls and soundwalls are being constructed as part of this project.|
|The connector touches down just east of Frazier Street, with the roadway continuing underneath the Bess Avenue pedestrian crossing.|