Friday, May 31, 2013

Sinkhole Closes Eastbound Telegraph Road (SR-126) – Update #2

Update - SR-126 opened Saturday, June 1.
Today's Date: May 31, 2013
District 7:       Los Angeles & Ventura Counties      
Contact:         Patrick Chandler                                            
Phone:           213-897-3630 


Sinkhole Closes Eastbound Telegraph Road (SR-126) – Update #2

Fillmore - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues to keep eastbound lanes of Telegraph Road (SR-126) closed due to a sinkhole. Crews poured three trucks worth of concrete slurry into a void under the intersection of SR-126 and Central Avenue.

The cause remains unknown.  The highway will remain closed into the weekend.
Once the eastbound lanes are stabilized after the slurry hardens, steel plates will be placed on top of the repaired lanes and westbound traffic will be shifted onto the eastbound lanes.  Crews will begin excavating the westbound lanes to pour slurry into any additional voids that may be present.

Eastbound traffic will be detoured at A Street (SR-23) onto River Street and back onto SR-126 at Mountain View Street.

Signed detours are in place.  Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes around the area.

Eastbound SR-126 was closed at Central Avenue after the pavement gave way at approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 30.

Caltrans advised motorists to Slow For the Cone Zone and Move Over.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sinkhole: Eastbound lanes of SR-126 (Telegraph Rd.) Closed in Fillmore


Emergency Closure:  Eastbound Telegraph Road (SR-126)

Fillmore – At approximately at 1 p.m., the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed all lanes of eastbound Telegraph Road (SR-126) at Central Avenue to repair pavement damaged by a sinkhole.  The highway will remain closed indefinitely until Caltrans maintenance crews deem the roadway safe.

Eastbound traffic will be detoured at A Street (SR-23) onto River Street and back onto SR-126 at Mountain View Street.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes around the area.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Gorman Road On-Ramp to Northbound I-5 Closed Through Mid-June

The Gorman Road on-ramp to northbound I-5 will be closed through June 17, 2013, while crews place new concrete pavement on the two right lanes. You can access northbound I-5 at the Frazier Mountain Park Road on-ramp instead. If you're not familiar with the area, just follow the detour signs. Here's a map:

The work is part of a project that's replacing slabs in both directions of I-5 between the Vista Del Lago Road overcrossing and the Kern County Line, a distance of 15.4 miles. The project will be completed in mid-2015.

Have questions? Click over to the I-5 website or call us on the toll-free I-5 hotline: (855) 454-6335. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Golden State Freeway, Back When (1956) and Today

I-5 at Alameda Ave. in Glendale, Dec. 6, 1956.  From the Caltrans Archives.
Back in 1956 (pictured above), the Golden State Freeway (I-5) was pushing its way north through the San Fernando Valley. Today, this 57 year-old freeway, in a way, is under renovation.  New soundwalls, high occupancy lanes (HOV), new freeway to freeway connectors, and much more.   

Does the work on I-5 affect your commute, your neighborhood, your life?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Freeways to be Closure-Free for Memorial Day (Mostly)

A lot of people will celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start of summer — by driving someplace. For that reason, we’re suspending construction closures on major freeways May 25 – 27. We don’t want you to worry about getting stuck in traffic.

That DOESN’T mean there won’t be closures. There will be closures. Long-term closures will remain in place. Accidents may prompt closures. Emergency maintenance may require closures. But typical construction-related closures? Nope.

If you’re planning to drive someplace, visit the Caltrans QuickMap before you go to check on traffic conditions. Also consider transit, bicycling, or your own feet (if you’re not going far) to get you there.  

Have a safe and sane Memorial Day! No drinking and driving. No texting and driving. No putting on makeup and driving. No reading and driving, etc. If you're driving, please just drive. We want you and everyone else to get home safe.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Caltrans, LA Metro and the Federal Highway Administration held a groundbreaking today in Norwalk for construction on the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) that will ease traffic congestion for more than 230,000 daily motorists.

In other news today, Caltrans launched its "Shovel Cam" that was attached to one of the groundbreaking shovels. (see attached video to see and hear how difficult - and fun- a groundbreaking event can be!)   

The I-5 Carpool Lane Widening/Imperial Highway and Pioneer Boulevard Project will widen nearly two miles of freeway in Norwalk by adding one carpool lane and one regular lane in each direction from Silverbow Avenue to Orr and Day Roads; and bridges at San Antonio Drive, Imperial Highway, and Pioneer Boulevard will be rebuilt to accommodate the wider freeway. The improvements also include a new southbound I-5 off-ramp at Imperial Highway, new sound walls and frontage roads.

“This project will be good for commuters and good for the economy,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.  

“In addition to our many transit programs, Metro has a vital role in developing our County’s highway system by providing funds for highway projects,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Michael D. Antonovich. "Metro has committed $965 million in funds for the I-5 South Corridor project which will enhance mobility for commuters, reduce congestion and improve air quality.”

The Imperial Hwy/Pioneer Blvd Project is primarily funded ($167.5 million) by Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. To date, nearly $15 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide. The project also received $104 million in state transportation funds and $30.5 million from Metro’s Proposition C and Measure R. This project is part of a $1.6 billion package of six projects that will add nearly 14 miles of carpool lanes on I-5 from the Los Angeles County/Orange County line to the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605).
“The I-5 corridor projects illustrate how Metro and Caltrans are working together to bring congestion relief to our entire region.” said Metro Board 1st Vice Chair Diane DuBois.
For more information on all the I-5 corridor improvements, please visit

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Plan Your Memorial Day Travels with Caltrans QuickMap!

If you’re headed out of town over the Memorial Day weekend — or even just barbecuing with friends in town — check out the Caltrans QuickMap before you leave for real-time traffic conditions. QuickMap will show you:

         > Traffic speeds
         > Incident locations
         > Electronic message signs
         > Freeway camera feeds
         > Lane closures

QuickMap will even save your location and zoom level between sessions, so the next time you visit the page, you’ll be viewing the same location on the map.

By default, the traffic layers are displayed on the standard Google road map, but you can also view a satellite or terrain map by clicking on the buttons in the upper right corner.

QuickMap also has links to regional 511 sites (Los Angeles is here) and the planned lane closure page, if you’d like a text-based listing of closures by freeway.

There’s even a QuickMap mobile app (which, of course, you would never, ever use while driving).

So, before you head out the door this Memorial Day, click over to Caltrans QuickMap. And have a safe and sane holiday!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Northbound SR-110: Full Freeway Closure for Pavement Rehab

Caltrans will close the northbound Arroyo Seco Parkway (SR-110) from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 between the Golden State Freeway (I-5) connector and Orange Grove Avenue.

Detours will be in place.

The closures are in relation to a slab replacement project.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

From the Archives: San Gabriel Canyon Road (SR-39) in the Angeles National Forest, 1958

Caltrans Archives
Construction workers are scene building San Gabriel Canyon Road (SR-39) near Crystal Lake in the Angeles National Forest on September 19, 1958. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Thursday is Bike to Work Day!

May is National Bike Month. This week is Bike Week in Los Angeles County. And tomorrow, May 16, is Bike to Work Day! So step away from the car keys, and give two-wheeled transportation a shot. It’s easy. It’s environmentally friendly. It reduces congestion and increases mobility. It helps keep you fit and healthy. And it’s fun! 

If you have a crazy-long commute, consider combining your bike ride with transit. Ride to a bus stop and put your bike on the bike rack. Ride to a Metro Rail station and bring your bike on the train. Ride to Metrolink and put your bike in the bike car. Need an incentive? Many transit agencies are providing FREE rides to bicyclists on Bike to Work Day. (See a list here.) Plus, there will be bike to work pit stops all over LA County (locations here), where you can pick up a Clif Bar and water, get reflective decals, pump up your tires, and generally enjoy not being stuck in traffic. A few tips to get you started biking safely:

  • Ride in the street, not on the sidewalks.

  • Ride with traffic, not against it.

  • Always wear a helmet. Don't wear earphones.

  • Stop at red lights and stop signs, and obey all traffic signals, signs and pavement markings. Yield to pedestrians.

  • Be predictable and ride in a straight line. Don’t weave in and out of parked cars

  • If the lane is wide enough to safely share with cars, ride to the right side. Don’t share a lane that’s too narrow. Take the center of the lane if necessary.

  • Watch for car doors opening. When possible, keep about three feet between yourself and parked cars.

  • Establish eye contact with drivers. Make sure they see you.

  • Use your bell to alert drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists to your presence.

  • When riding at night, wear light-colored or reflective clothes. Use a white front light and red taillight, as well as reflectors. 

Happy Bike to Work Day! Enjoy your ride!