Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Caltrans, City of Ventura, and Union Pacific Railroad To Clear Graffiti from Trestle above the Ventura Freeway (US 101)

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the City of Ventura, and Union Pacific Railroad  have collaborated to create a long-term solution to improve the trestle above US 101 in downtown Ventura that includes clearing graffiti, installing surveillance cameras, new lighting and fencing, and other physical barriers to deter pedestrian trespassers.
 
Through a cost sharing effort, Union Pacific and the City of Ventura will fund the painting of the bridge; Caltrans will close US 101 during work hours, clear graffiti and repaint the bridge; traffic control measures will be in place to direct motorists to alternate routes.

Surveillance cameras installed to monitor the trestle will serve to capture vandals and trespassers.  The City's Graffiti ordinance provides for full cost recovery in addition to penalties of $1000 per occurrence, and violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. To protect the improvements over the long term, the City of Ventura’s crews and volunteers will remove any new graffiti.
 
Nightly full freeway closures will be necessary.  Signed detours will be provided.

The southbound side has already been completed. 
 
Northbound US 101 will be closed between Seaward Avenue and South Oak Street during the following days and times:
 
Friday, June 8 to Saturday, June 9
11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Saturday, June 9 to Sunday, June 10
11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Sunday, June 10 to Monday, June 11
11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
 
Northbound US 101 detour:

Exit at Seaward Avenue
Turn right to access South Thompson Boulevard
Turn left on South Thompson Boulevard to South Oak Street
Then turning left to access northbound 101