Thursday, January 31, 2013


State of California • Department of Transportation

Date:        Thursday, January 31, 2013
District:     7 – Los Angeles/Ventura Counties
Contact:    Public Affairs
Phone:      (213) 897-3656



ALHAMBRA - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close both directions of the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) between the San Bernardino Freeway (1-10) and Valley Boulevard, Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3 for filming. All northbound lanes of I-710 will be closed from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. and southbound lanes from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Detour signs will be posted.

An encroachment permit has been issued by Caltrans for this closure. Closure is weather permitting and subject to change.

Caltrans advises motorists to “Slow For The Cone Zone.”

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Caltrans Funds Pasadena’s New Bicycle Boulevard

A common (mis)perception about Caltrans is that we focus exclusively on cars and the freeways they use. Pshaw! Improving transportation for cars and trucks is a big part of our mission, but we also fund projects for pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists. Case in point: Caltrans provided $500,000 for Pasadena’s new Bicycle Boulevard on Marengo Avenue. A ribbon-cutting was held today to celebrate the opening.

Pasadena’s Bicycle Boulevard is three-quarters of a mile, stretching between Orange Grove Boulevard and Washington Boulevard. Special signals at these intersections alert bicyclists when it’s safe to turn, and signs divert motorists. Marengo Avenue residents who drive can enter the Bicycle Boulevard using side streets. 

The project increases safety for cyclists, decreases congestion and provides a great place to bike. This is the second Bicycle Boulevard in Los Angeles County, the first being on Vista Street in Long Beach. Caltrans will continue to fund bike-centric projects like these to support communities' efforts to make their streets more bicycle-friendly. So, park the car and go enjoy Pasadena's new Bicycle Boulevard!

Find out more about Caltrans' bicycle programs here

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

From the Archives: Topanga Canyon Boulevard (SR-27)

1930s era vehicle cruising down Topanga Canyon Boulevard (SR-27) on Feb. 3, 1940. Caltrans Archives

In 1920, Ben Blow the author of California Highways wrote, “Of the oil-bound macadam roads, intended in the main for pleasurable touring traffic, the Topanga Canyon road perhaps stands foremost in scenic attraction, supplying as it does a link in a short tour originating in Los Angeles and thence, by way of Venice, Santa Monica, and Oceanside, leading up the coast past medieval-looking and moving-picture establishments to where a rugged gash in the mountains opens Topanga Canyon to the sea.”

In modern terms, Blow meant that the route was an amazing road that provided a link from the San Fernando Valley to the beach, and several other coastal communities.  Today, the route is known as Topanga Canyon Boulevard or State Route (SR) 27.  SR-27 begins at the Ronald Reagan Freeway (SR-118) near the community of Chatsworth and ends at the Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) near the community of Castellmmare.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Call 511 and Get to Know Camille

We frequently get calls from motorists looking for information about traffic conditions on a particular freeway. We’re happy to provide it, but you can cut out the middleman/woman and access this information yourself using 511. 511 is a toll-free service that provides information about freeway conditions, including travel times, freeway speeds, SigAlerts and incidents. You can also get transit info, find a carpool or vanpool partner, and request motorist aid. 

All of this info is delivered by the relentlessly helpful, voice-activated Camille, whose unflappable manner and soothing voice seems to have a calming effect. She kind of sounds like your favorite aunt, the one who wears stylish but sensible shoes and always gives you good advice without being  preachy.  "Hang on," she says reassuringly, "and I'll get you the traffic report." Thanks, Camille!

If you’d rather get your traffic info online (no worries — Camille won't take it personally), you can access all the same data at, plus you can check out feeds from the Caltrans traffic cameras. 

Caltrans’ role in 511 is to provide the real-time traffic data to the system, which is collected by wire loops embedded in the freeway, and the aforementioned traffic cam feeds. Our partner agency, Metro, has a terrific post today in The Source about how 511 works. Well worth the click.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Caltrans Updates Trip Planning Website

Caltrans has upgraded its website to give California motorists access to planned lane closures on highways statewide so they can make more informed route decisions and reduce travel times. 

“Thanks to this upgrade, motorists can plan to avoid scheduled lane closures on statewide routes before they even get on the road,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “This information will allow travelers to adjust their trip plan so they can get where they’re going more quickly.” 

Real-time statewide route information is easily accessible from an interactive Internet search site at

Online users can search for planned lane closures statewide, by region, county or route number, on specific dates, during certain times, and by type of closure. 

For additional road information, visit Caltrans QuickMap at