Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Materials Lab Now Open

Caltrans is very fussy about the materials it uses to build and maintain the freeway system. Everything from the asphalt you drive on to the steel used in the bridges overhead is tested before it becomes part of the transportation infrastructure. Much of that testing is now taking place at the new Southern Regional Laboratory, which just opened in Fontana. The 70,000 square-foot facility serves Caltrans Districts 7, 8 and 12, and replaces a much smaller facility in Los Angeles that had been in use for more than four decades. One major benefit of the new lab is that some tests previously performed in Sacramento can now be done right here in Southern Cali, which helps streamline construction.