Friday, June 28, 2013

Beat The Heat, Check The Back Seat!

From the National Weather Service:
 
Courtesy of the National Weather Service
One of the biggest weather related risks during the summer months is the possibility of a child dying in a vehicle from heat stroke.  The temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes, and 50 degrees in an hour- even when outside air temperatures are in the 70's!  The inside of a car acts like a greenhouse, where actual temperatures inside the vehicle can reach 120°F in minutes and approach 150°F in as little as an hour!  This can cause hyperthermia (heat stroke) in only minutes, particularly in children... more

Thursday, June 27, 2013

From the Archives: Changeable Message Signs In the Beginning

You've seen changeable message signs (CMS) on freeways and highways throughout California with information about traffic conditions, accidents, Amber Alerts, and other messages.  Well, here's a little history about them.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bypass Lane Implemented on Northbound I-5 Between Vista Del Lago and SR-138



If you’ve spent any time at all driving in Southern California (or just about anywhere, for that matter), you’re familiar with lane and ramp closures. So you won’t be surprised to learn that in north Los Angeles County, the two right lanes of northbound I-5 are closed for pavement work between Vista Del Lago Road and SR-138. But what IS unusual about this closure is that we’ve implemented a bypass lane along this freeway segment to keep three lanes of northbound I-5 open while work on the two right lanes is underway.

Here’s how the bypass lane works. To create an extra northbound lane, we borrowed the inside southbound lane and made it a northbound lane, or bypass lane. That still leaves three southbound lanes for you southbound travelers.

A concrete barrier has been placed between the northbound and southbound lanes. The existing barrier is also still in place, so if you’re headed northbound on I-5 in the left lane, you’ll be switching over to the bypass lane and driving on the left side of the existing barrier. 


The bypass lane is about 7.5 miles long. This configuration will remain in place through August 2013. The great thing about this strategy is that it allows us to complete the project more quickly, which means the construction-related closures end more quickly, too. More info is here.

This isn’t the only bypass lane on northbound I-5 in north Los Angeles County. We implemented the first one, between Gorman Road and the Kern County line, earlier this month. It will remain in effect through November. There’s about three miles with no bypass lane between SR-138 and Gorman Road.

The pavement work prompting the bypass lane 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, which will be completed in mid-2015, will extend the life of the pavement, reduce maintenance costs and closures, and provide a smoother ride for motorists. More info about the project is here.

Questions? Check out the I-5 website or call us on the toll-free I-5 hotline at (855) 454-6335.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

'Summer Slam on 60' Coming Soon

Summer Slam on 60 will bring a smoother ride on the Pomona Freeway.

A series of 55-hour weekend lane closures are scheduled beginning Friday, July 12, 2013 and continuing for three more non-consecutive weekends through August 26, 2013.

Watch this You Tube video on what this means for motorists:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKzhcoqZDNo&feature=c4-overview&list=UU1ZcA6W8sA8psJ8msxI3ODg



Caltrans will close 2 to 3 freeway lanes between Nogales Street and Fullerton Road. Although NOT a full weekend freeway closure, motorists will experience delays and are strongly advised to use alternate routes.

Closure Information:
  • Friday, July 12 at 10 p.m. – Monday, July 15 at 5 a.m. -- 3 lanes of westbound SR-60
  • Friday, July 26 at 10 p.m. – Monday, July 29 at 5 a.m. -- 2 lanes of westbound SR-60
  • Friday, August 9 at 10 p.m. – Monday, August 12 at 5 a.m. -- 3 lanes of eastbound SR-60
  • Friday, August 23 at 10 p.m. – Monday, August 26 at 5a.m. -- 2 lanes of eastbound SR-60 
  • Full freeway closure will be in effect in direction of weekend closure Saturday 1 a.m. – Saturday 5 a.m. and Monday 1 a.m. – Monday 5 a.m. for k-rail installation
Expect delays and plan your route ahead of time.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Ride the Summer Beach Bus to Santa Monica!

PCH (SR-1) in the 1920s or 1930s when gas was 10 cents a gl.
Caltrans Archives
Don’t pile onto LA's freeways and highways with every other beachgoer.  Our partners at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works have a great deal.

Summer is back! 

And for many that means sunscreen, flip-flops, boogie boards, and the beach!

Starting as early as Memorial Day and running through Labor Day you can beat the summer heat at one of Southern California's great beach destinations, Santa Monica, and get there and back in the comfort of an air-conditioned, wheelchair-accessible bus.

The Summer Beach Bus Program, administered by LA County Public Works, provides service between the Los Angeles County areas of Altadena, Palmdale and Lancaster in Antelope Valley, Castaic/West Ranch in Santa Clarita Valley, Charter Oak/Duarte, East Los Angeles, La Crescenta/La Cañada Flintridge, and Topanga Canyon to the Santa Monica Municipal Pier and State Beach. The Topanga Canyon Service also provides stops at Topanga State Beach and Will Rogers State Beach.

Reservations are required for the service and can be made up to one week in advance but no later than 24 hours prior to the trip departure time. Round trip fares begin as low as $2. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. For reservations, scheduled times, and more information, call toll free (888) 769-1122 or visit
www.LAGoBus.info.

Caltrans supports all forms of transportation.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Southbound I-5 Full Freeway Closure Tonight

Alondra Bridge Demolition continues

 

Caltrans continues demolition work tonight Friday, June 21, from 10 p.m. through Saturday morning at 8 a.m. on the Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) Alondra Boulevard Bridge. The work involves the demolition of the eastern half of the structure. 
A second work shift takes place at the same time on Saturday night, June 22 through Sunday morning.   Full freeway closures - in one direction only - between Carmenita Road and Valley View Avenue will be in effect during the demolition work that will continue each weekend through July, except on July 5 and 6.

 

 Friday, June 21 - 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.  and Saturday, June 22 - 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Southbound I-5  Full Freeway Closure:  11:59 a.m. to 7 a.m. - between Carmenita Road and Valley View Avenue. 

All southbound I-5 motorists must exit at the Carmenita Road off-ramp.
·        10 p.m. - southbound I-5 lanes begin to close.  One lane will close at hourly intervals between Carmenita Rd and Valley View Ave.   By midnight, the full freeway closure will be in place.
Southbound I-5 Ramps Closed: 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.- on-ramps at Rosecrans Ave and Carmenita Rd.
Northbound I-5 Lanes Closed: 2 a.m. - 5 a.m. Two lanes on northbound I-5 between Carmenita Rd and Valley View Ave will be closed for the safety of crews and motorists during demolition work.
Southbound I-605/Southbound I-5 Connector Fully Closed:
·        11 p.m. to 7 a.m.-Southbound I-605 connector to southbound I-5. 
Detour:  Motorists will be detoured to use southbound I-605 to eastbound SR-91 to southbound I-5. 

Moving Lane Closures and Delays for Maintenance on Ventura Freeway (US 101)

Ok, let's cut to the chase, this moving closure could make things, let's say, a little, and maybe a lot slower than usual.  Be prepared and plan ahead.  Our maintenance crews will re-oil the paved shoulders along US 101 and the shoulders will look like new. 

Here's the press release:

Sherman Oaks to Westlake Village – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will re-oil (fog seal or rejuvenate) and seal cracks on the paved shoulders of the Ventura Freeway (US 101) between Sepulveda Boulevard and Westlake Boulevard during the following days and times:

Sunday, June 23, 2013
4 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Monday, June 24, to Wednesday, June 26
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Motorists should expect delays and extended commute times, and should consider an alternative route. 

This operation will utilize a moving closure that will require the far right and far left lanes to be temporarily blocked by Caltrans and California Highway Patrol vehicles to allow for the application of the oil onto the shoulders. 

To prevent oil from sticking to vehicles, motorists are advised not to pull off onto the shoulders of US 101 during the days of this operation unless absolutely necessary.

Los Angeles Culture Festival Parade: US 101 Off-ramp Closures at Hollywood Blvd.

Caltrans has issued an encroachment permit for the Los Angeles Cultural Parade on Saturday, June 22.  The permit authorizes the closure of the northbound and southbound US 101 off-ramps at Hollywood Boulevard from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Detour signs will be posted.  Closures are subject to change.

Caltrans advises motorists to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer Slam on 60


Summer Slam on 60 will bring a smoother ride on the Pomona Freeway.

Expect delays and plan your route ahead of time.

A series of 55-hour weekend lane closures are scheduled beginning Friday, July 12, 2013 and continuing for three more non-consecutive weekends through August 26, 2013.

Caltrans will close 2-3 freeway lanes between Nogales Street and Fullerton Road. Although NOT a full weekend freeway closure, motorists will experience delays and are strongly advised to use alternate routes.
Closure Information:
  • Friday, July 12 at 10 p.m. – Monday, July 15 at 5 a.m.3 lanes of westbound SR-60 to be closed
  • Friday, July 26 at 10 p.m. – Monday, July 29 at 5 a.m.2 lanes of westbound SR-60 to be closed
  • Friday, August 9 at 10 p.m. – Monday, August 12 at 5 a.m. 3 lanes of eastbound SR-60 to be closed
  • Friday, August 23 at 10 p.m. – Monday, August 26 at 5a.m.2 lanes of eastbound SR-60 to be closed
  • Full freeway closure will be in effect in direction of weekend closure Saturday 1 a.m. – Saturday 5 a.m. and Monday 1 a.m. – Monday 5 a.m. for k-rail installation

I-710 to I-5 Connectors to Close Next Weekend

·        A full closure of the southbound I-710 connector to southbound I-5 will take place over the weekend of June 29 to July 1 beginning on Saturday, June 29 at 6 p.m. through Monday, July 1 at 6 a.m. The northbound I-5 connector to northbound I-710 will be closed from 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29 through 6 a.m. Monday, July 1.
The closures are in relation to a $120 million pavement replacement project on the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) from the Los Angeles River Bridge to the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10). 

Lane closures during the week of June 16 are as follows:
Northbound and Southbound Santa Ana Freeway (I-5)--Weeknights

·       Up to two lanes between Triggs Street and Olympic Boulevard – 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. (full closures MAY occur intermittently between midnight and 4 a.m.);
·       Southbound I-5 to southbound I-710 connector – 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.;
·       Northbound I-5 to northbound I-710 connector – 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Northbound I-710 (Weeknights)

·       Up to three lanes between I-10 and I-5 northbound – 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.;
·       Up to two lanes between Slauson Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard – 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.;
·       Third Street on- and off-ramps – 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.;
·       Cesar Chavez off-ramp – 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.;
·       Atlantic Boulevard off-ramp – 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.;
·       Eastbound and westbound SR-60 connector to northbound I-710 – 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Southbound I-710 (Weeknights) 

·       Up to three lanes between I-10 and I-5 – 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.;
·       Up to two lanes between Slauson Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard – 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.;
·       Third Street on- and off-ramps – 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
·       Olympic Boulevard/Whittier Boulevard off-ramp – 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.;
·       Atlantic Boulevard on-ramp – 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.;
·       Eastbound and westbound SR-60 connector to southbound I-710 – 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.;
·       Southbound I-710 to southbound I-5 connector – 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Street Closures (Weeknights)

·       Atlantic Boulevard from Bandini Boulevard to District Boulevard, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.;
·       Telegraph Road from Arizona Avenue to Eastern Avenue, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The project is installing precast concrete panels as well as concrete slabs in various traffic lanes and locations upgrade the median barrier and construct maintenance pullouts along the route to enhance safety for maintenance crews.

Shimmick Construction is the contractor on the project, which will complete in late 2015. Work also will include widening shoulders and installing fiber optic lines for various traffic management technologies.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Southbound I-5 Closures Next Week Near Arleta



If you use I-5 in the Arleta area, there are some closures coming up next week that we want you to know about. Crews will continue demolishing the portion of the old I-5/SR-170 connector that sits partially over southbound I-5. So, to protect motorists, we’ll be closing southbound I-5 for three nights (June 23 – 26) between Osborne Street and Sheldon Street. Southbound I-5 on-ramps at Terra Bella Street and Osborne Street will also be closed, as well as the westbound and eastbound SR-118 connectors to southbound I-5. Details:

CLOSURE LOCATIONS

   > Southbound I-5 between Osborne Street and Sheldon Street
   > Westbound SR-118/I-5 connector to southbound I-5
   > Eastbound SR-118/I-5 connector to southbound I-5
   > Southbound I-5 on-ramps at Terra Bella Street and Osborne Street

DATES/TIMES

Sunday night, June 23, through Wednesday morning, June 26, 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. 

Detours will be signed. Map below. See it larger here.


In addition to the full closure on the southbound side of the freeway June 23 26, there will also be lane closures of southbound I-5 at night through June 28 — sometimes up to three lanes between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. You’ll be able to get through, but if you’re traveling late at night or very early in the morning, southbound I-5 may be down to a lane or two.

If you live in the area, you may hear some construction noise. Crews are doing demo work, which can be noisy because it’s hard to break up massive chunks of concrete quietly. But the noise will NOT exceed levels allowed by state and federal regulations. Inspectors are on site to make sure it doesn't. Still, we apologize in advance for any disrupted sleep and general irritation that stems from living close to a large freeway construction project.

Questions? Comments? Rants? Call us on the toll-free I-5 Info Line at 855.454.6335 or shoot us an email through the I-5 website: I-5info.com.

Monday, June 17, 2013

From the Archives: 1939 Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1), north of Santa Monica


Friday, June 14, 2013

Northbound I-5 Full Freeway Closures Tonight and Saturday

Demoliton Work on the Alondra Bridge Demolition begins Tonight

Expect six weekends of demolition work and directional full freeway closures

Northbound Santa Ana Fwy, Interstate 5 Directional FULL FREEWAY CLOSURE
Tonight  @ 11:59 p.m. - 7a.m.  • between Valley View Avenue and Carmenita Road in Santa Fe Springs.
• Westbound SR-91 freeway connector to northbound I-5 will be closed during the demolition.
• The on-ramps at Artesia Boulevard and Valley View Boulevard will be closed during the demolition.
• Also, up to two freeway lanes will be closed on southbound I-5 - within the same limits from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.-  during demolition work for the safety of work crews and motorists. 

The Alondra Boulevard Bridge demolition work will occur overnight for up to six weekends on Friday and Saturday nights.  Directional Full Freeway Closures will be in effect during each night of demolition work.

 
Demolition work is scheduled as follows: Northbound I-5 Full Closures as demolition work takes place on the western half of the bridge:   
• 10 p.m. - 8 a.m. Friday night June 14 to Saturday morning June 15;
• 10 pm. - 8 a.m. Saturday night June 15 to Sunday morning June 16.

Southbound I-5 Full Closures as demolition work takes place on the eastern half of the bridge:
• 10 p.m. - 8 a.m. Friday night 6/21 to Saturday morning 6/22;
• 10 p.m. - 8 a.m. Saturday night 6/22 to Sunday morning 6/23;

Northbound I-5 Full Closures as demolition work continues:    
• 10 p.m. - 8 a.m. Friday night 6/28 to Saturday morning 6/29;
• 10 p.m. - 8 a.m. Saturday night 6/29 to Sunday morning 6/30;

Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6 - There will be no work due to the 4th of July holiday weekend

Southbound I-5 Full Closures as demolition work continues:
• 10 p.m. - 8 a.m. Friday night 7/12 to Saturday morning 7/13; 
• 10 p.m. - 8 a.m. Saturday night 7/13 to Sunday morning 7/14;

If necessary, demolition work will continue for two additional weekends in July.

The motoring public, residents and businesses are encouraged to sign-up for regular notification on freeway lane, ramp and local street closures.  Call the toll-free I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects Hotline (855) 454-6335 or visit www.I-5info.com   Please consider the detour in your commute and allow extra time to arrive at your destination.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

SR-110 Full Freeway Closures Planned

LOS ANGELES – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the northbound Arroyo Seco Parkway (SR-110) between Avenue 60 and Orange Grove Boulevard from midnight to 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 15 and from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 16.

Southbound SR-110 will be closed between Orange Grove Boulevard and York Boulevard from midnight to 7 a.m. Saturday, June 15 and between Orange Grove Boulevard and Avenue 60 from midnight to 8.m. on Sunday, June 16.

On Monday, June 17, northbound SR-110 will be closed between the U.S. 101 connector and Avenue 20/San Fernando from midnight to 8 a.m.

Detours will be in place.

The closures are in relation to a slab replacement project.

Behind the Scenes at Caltrans: A Bridge Inspector at Work




In the wake of the collapse of a bridge in Washington on I-5 over the Skagit River on May 23, we received a number of inquiries along the lines of: Are Caltrans bridges safe? In a word, yes. Never in the history of Caltrans has a bridge collapsed due to neglect. Never. A truck hit or flood or fire may bring a bridge down, but a collapse has never and will never be the result of neglect.

All Caltrans bridges are inspected every two years. Any issues that might impact safety are addressed IMMEDIATELY. Seriously. We don’t mess around with this. If a bridge is open, it’s safe. Drive over it (or under it) with confidence.

In the photo above, Caltrans Senior Bridge Engineer Bing Wu inspects the Manhattan Undercrossing — that’s number 53 0062 in bridge-speak — on SR-1 in Manhattan Beach as KPCC Science Reporter Sanden Totten looks on. The inspection took place yesterday and included all visible parts of the bridge, though some of those parts required considerable climbing (and slipping) and crouching to get to.

In case you’re wondering, the bridge, built in 1930, is in good shape. We have some typical maintenance items to take care of, but this 83-year-old structure (widened in 1972), continues to do its job and do it well.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Construction Closures: Help to Navigate the System

Several freeways and highways are currently under construction in District 7(and in the neighboring counties too), so it is quite possible to come across reduced lanes, interchange closures, and full freeway closures. 

Here are a few tools you should use to help plan your trip:

http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ http://www.go511.com/  or Dial 5-1-1
https://twitter.com/CaltransDist7
https://twitter.com/caltrans8

Planned Lane Closure System:http://www.lcswebreports.dot.ca.gov/lcswebreports/

Remember to Slow For the Cone Zone and Move Over.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Southbound I-5 Between SR-170 and Sheldon Street Closed Saturday Night



If you’re planning to use southbound I-5 in the Arleta area this Saturday night, this post is for you.

Saturday night into early Sunday morning (June 8 – 9), crews will demolish the old northbound I-5/SR-170 connector, requiring an overnight closure of southbound I-5 between the I-5/SR-170 interchange and Sheldon Street, as well as night closures of southbound I-5 on-ramps at Terra Bella Street and Osborne Street. Additionally, the westbound and eastbound SR-118 connectors to southbound I-5 will be closed. But If you’re traveling on eastbound and westbound SR-118 and not connecting to southbound I-5, you won’t be impacted. Details:

WHERE

> Southbound I-5 between the I-5/SR-170 interchange and Sheldon Street
> Westbound SR-118/I-5 connector to southbound I-5
> Eastbound SR-118/I-5 connector to southbound I-5

WHEN

Saturday night, June 8, at 11 p.m. to Sunday morning, June 9, at 9 a.m.

DETOUR

 
The work is part of a project that’s constructing a carpool lane on I-5 between SR-118 and SR-170, a new northbound connector between I-5 and SR-170, and a new carpool lane connector between I-5 and SR-170. More info about the project is here.

Questions? Check out the I-5 website or call us on the toll-free I-5 hotline at (855) 454-6335.