Friday, October 28, 2011
Following last week’s general obligation bond sales, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $784 million this week in new funding for 61 projects that will help create thousands of jobs bolstering the state’s economic recovery - and reduce traffic congestion, repair highways and bridges, and improve safety for the motoring public. Half of that amount - $392 million is allocated to four projects in Los Angeles County.
Last week’s bond sale allowed projects that were delayed or at risk of delay due to lack of funding to move forward to construction. In addition, the bond proceeds will also fund more than 300 ongoing projects through June 2012. The ongoing and newly allocated projects leverage around $11 billion in non-state funds, giving our economy an added boost.
“These projects will allow billions of dollars to flow into construction and produce enormous economic benefits for California,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
Highlights of the funding allocations for Los Angeles County include:
$19.8 million to widen the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) from the Orange County Line to the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605);
$35.3 million to extend the Exposition Light Rail by 6.6 miles to the intersection with Olympic Boulevard in Santa Monica;
$323.6 million to lower a 1.4 mile section of Union Pacific Railroad track along the Alhambra subdivision with construction of bridges at four major intersections;
$13.5 million to extend the existing Bus Rapid Transit Metro Orange Line route four miles along Canoga Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley.
The CTC funding includes $695 million from Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. To date, the state has allocated more than $9 billion in Proposition 1B funds.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Usually this happens only in the private sector but now Caltrans too is replacing one of its most venerable workers with a younger model.
Located midway between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the lift-span Schuyler Heim Bridge turned 65 this year, making it more than eligible for retirement in bridge years. The replacement bridge will be a fixed span structure that not only will conform to higher seismic standards but will also lead to improved roadway connections in the future. Additionally, replacing a deteriorating structure with a new one will also reduce maintenance costs.
Preliminary construction is expected to begin this fall on the $200 million project.
The bridge will be constructed in stages:
· Stage one involves construction of the northbound portion over Cerritos Channel, expected to take approximately six months;
· Stage two will shut down the southbound half of the existing bridge, shifting traffic to the existing northbound section;
· Stage three will shift traffic to the newly-completed northbound bridge, demolish the remainder of the existing bridge and construct the southbound portion;
· Stages four, five and six will consist of finishing work.
Traffic on the bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction for approximately a year and a half. Completion of the entire project is anticipated in early 2016.
During construction, periodic 55 hour closures of Ocean Boulevard may be required.
Motorists will be notified in advance of any impacts as the project develops. For further information and updates, please visit the Caltrans website: www.dot.ca.gov/dist07 or contact Public Affairs at (213) 897-3487. You may also email us at Judy.Gish@dot.ca,gov.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Last week, Caltrans awarded $66 million to cities, counties, and regional agencies for 139 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects to improve safety for students in grades K-8 who walk and bicycle to and from school. In the allocation process, Caltrans works closely with a diverse group of state, local, and regional stakeholders representing transportation, health, education, law enforcement, and bicycle/pedestrian advocates.
The funding was provided by the federal SRTS program. Since its inception in 2005, Caltrans has awarded $156 million for 356 SRTS projects. Caltrans District 7 awarded $16.6 million to 25 cities in Los Angeles County and two cities in Ventura County. Some of the notable projects in that received funding for approximately 125 schools include:
$1 million each to the cities of Azusa, Baldwin Park and Glendale to construct raised pedestrian islands, sidewalks and bike lanes and upgrade traffic signals, signs and striping near Gladstone Elementary School in Azusa and at various areas near several schools in Baldwin Park and Glendale.
Nearly $1 million each to the City of Los Angeles and Pico Rivera. The funds will construct roundabouts, crosswalks, pedestrian crossing warning devices, and will be used to install signs, striping and bike racks on 11th Street between Harvard Boulevard to Vermont Avenue near Berendo Middle School. In Pico Rivera, eleven schools will benefit by the installation of traffic signals, flashing beacons, pedestrian crosswalks, and curb and gutter improvements.
$925,000 to the City of Palmdale’s Mesquite Elementary School to install traffic signals and bike lanes, upgrade crosswalks, signs and pavement markings and curb ramps.
In Ventura County, $425,000 was allocated to the Rio Del Valle Middle School in to install traffic signals, and construct crosswalks, bike lanes, and $621,000 to Anacapa Middle School for similar improvements.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Since February of last year, the City of Oxnard has undertaken the effort to improve the Rice Avenue (SR-1)/Ventura Freeway (US 101) Interchange. The improvements include a new eight-lane over crossing, three through lanes in both directions, two southbound left turn lanes and new northbound and southbound on-and-off-ramps and auxiliary lanes on the 101 freeway. The project will also include enhanced landscaping,new bicycle paths, decorative lighting, sidewalks, and public art. More…
Please call the City of Oxnard at (805) 385-8136, if you have questions about this project.
Monday, October 24, 2011
For more information on I-5 construction projects in Los Angeles County, visit www.I-5info.com.
Friday, October 21, 2011
In January 1957, Assistant State Highway Engineer Edward T. Telford said, “Completion of the Golden State Freeway through the City of Los Angeles, connecting it with the Santa Ana Freeway, the San Bernardino Freeway and the Pasadena Freeway is of vital importance in clearing up traffic congestion on present freeways serving the Los Angeles Civic Center and business district.”
In 1957, the Golden State Freeway was known as U.S. Highway 99. Now known as Interstate 5 or I-5, it is still a vital route not only for Los Angeles but the backbone for the entire west coast. Currently, there is a lot work to be done on I-5 and honestly it is going to affect the lives of millions of motorists everywhere in Los Angeles County. Reduced lanes, closed on- and off-ramps, construction noise, and a break or interruption of your daily routine, are what some motorists may experience, but more lanes will be added along with carpool lanes, soundwalls, improved interchanges, longer lasting pavement, and many more improvements are on the way. More…
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Two lanes of southbound I-5 will be closed so that crews can access the area safely, but you can still get through.
If you live in the area, you may hear construction noise during this operation, but it won’t exceed levels allowed by state and federal regulations.
To learn more about this project, visit the I-5 website.
Monday, October 17, 2011
“I painted it [the mural] because I had seen murals on the freeway growing up and I thought it might be fun to do one,” said Sportelli. “I decided about a year or two ago that I needed to relocate this mural because I didn’t intend to spend the rest of my life cleaning graffiti off of it.”
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Q: I received a parking ticket while parked on a street in the City of Los Angeles?
A: Call LADOT. Please call 3-1-1 for Los Angeles City services.
Q: I need to update by ambulance driving permit in the City of LA?
A: Call LADOT. Please call 3-1-1 for Los Angeles City services.
Q: There is a pothole in the number 1 lane on the eastbound I-10 just before Grand Avenue.
A: Call Caltrans. Maintenance will schedule a road maintenance crew to come out and repair the pothole. Remember, there are over 1100 freeway miles in Los Angeles County, so our crews are quite busy.
Q: There’s graffiti on Soto St. off-ramp on eastbound SR-60, who should I call?
A: Call Caltrans. The Special Crews maintenance region will schedule crews to change or clean graffiti off of freeway signs.
Caltrans is the builds, maintains, and operates the state’s highways and freeways. Sometimes knowing who to call is a little tough, but we are here to help.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
A full-freeway closure that has been in place since 11:59 Friday and was scheduled to end on Monday at 5 a.m. has been extended to 5 a.m. Tuesday. Currently, three northbound lanes and two southbound lanes are open to traffic. This is expected to be reversed for the afternoon commute. More...
Friday, October 7, 2011
They may look like something you might have seen in the movie Few Good Men, they are a team of twelve structures maintenance engineers (not sailors) that travel the state to inspect bridges that cross over waterways to ensure they are safe for use.
Whether walking on the bottom of the San Francisco Bay to inspect the support structures of the Golden Gate Bridge, trudging through the murky waters of the Los Angeles Counties bridges, or in the Colorado River, this team is there.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
For a list of closures occurring after 10 p.m., check the webpage each afternoon for that night’s lane, ramp and street closures. You can also hear a recording of the closures on the project hotline: (213) 922-3665 and then press 1.
*This is a Metro project; Caltrans has oversight.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Normally, motorists in Los Angeles don’t face extreme weather-related driving conditions… so, that’s all the more reason to take extra precautions today to prepare for predicted rain showers coming tonight and tomorrow in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Motorists can do a few simple things to prepare for a safe drive in the season’s first rainstorm:
Take your time and give yourself extra travel time.
Check brakes, tires, wiper blades, headlights and tail lights.
Know your route – you may have to take an alternate route.
Take along water, snacks, blankets, towels, gloves, warm clothing – and some cash!
Put an extra car key in your pocket… don’t get locked out in rain, sleet and snow.
Share the road. Give space to big rigs, trucks, and look twice for motorcycles and cyclists.
Be attentive to electronic message boards and other alerts about road conditions, lane closures or detours.
Dial 911 for emergencies.
Dial 511 in LA/Ventura/Orange County for up to the minute traffic, transit and commuter information.
Call 800-427-7623 (427-ROAD) for highway conditions statewide.
Before you go….view Caltrans network of roadside traffic cameras at: http://video.dot.ca.gov
Remember the Move Over Law requiring motorists to slow down and move over one lane – when it’s safe - when you see flashing amber lights indicating that Caltrans workers, law enforcement or tow truck operators are parked and working near the roadway.