Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Rock Scaling on PCH in Ventura County, 11/25 and 11/26

Contract rock climbers scaled the slopes along Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) near Mugu Rock on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

The Springs Fire that occurred in May, burned much of the vegetation and wire mesh that helps hold the rocks and debris to the slopes.  The fire also caused many of the rocks to crack.

In the second phase of this rock mitigation project, a helicopter will be used to install rock netting to the hillside in early December.  

Holiday Freeway Closures for Local Events

Hollywood Freeway (US 101) Closures for the Hollywood Christmas Parade

Caltrans will close the north- and southbound Hollywood Freeway (US 101) off-ramps at Cahuenga Boulevard and Highland Avenue Sunday, December 1 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the Hollywood Christmas Parade.  

An encroachment permit was issued.  Signs will be posted for motorists’ convenience.  Motorists should expect delays along the parade route during this time.  Caltrans advises motorists to Slow for the Cone Zone.

Angeles Crest Highway (SR-2) Closure

Caltrans will close one lane of the northbound SR-2 off-ramp at Foothill Boulevard on Thursday, November 28 from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the La CaƱada Flintridge 20th Annual 5K Thanksgiving Day Run.

An encroachment permit was issued to the city.  Motorists should expect delays along the marathon route during this time.  Caltrans advises motorists to Slow for the Cone Zone.

Going Mental: Everyday Travel and the Cognitive Map

by Andrew Mondschein, Evelyn Blumenberg, and Brian D. Taylor
University of California Transportation Center

How do you get to work? Do you have a preferred route to your favorite restaurant? To the nearest hospital? To Disneyland? If you know—or think you know—the answers to any of these questions, then your cognitive map is at work. Humans rely on mental maps to store knowledge of places and routes in order to engage in travel and activities. People use their cognitive maps to decide where to go and how to get there. But accessibility research has largely ignored this essential aspect of travel behavior, despite the fact that a trip won’t happen without prior knowledge of a destination and potential routes to it. As cities become larger and more dispersed, good information about opportunities and travel systems is more important than ever.


Monday, November 25, 2013

No Thanksgiving Construction Closures

To help you get to your Thanksgiving destination as quickly and effortlessly as possible, Caltrans is suspending construction closures over the Thanksgiving holiday, Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 6 a.m. to Sunday, Dec. 1 at 11:59 p.m. Keep in mind, however, that closures may be necessary for emergency maintenance work or for accident response and cleanup.

To avoid getting caught in a traffic backup (and especially if you're catching a plane), check the Caltrans QuickMap before you leave or call 511 for real-time traffic info. Also, if possible, avoid traveling during peak hours. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, many people head out on Wednesday afternoon or evening, and come home Sunday.
Wherever your travels take you, buckle up, drive safe and go easy on the pumpkin pie. And remember, those who cook do not clean up.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Rock Mitigation on Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) To Begin

Caltrans will close both directions of Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) intermittently between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26 from south of Las Posas Road to north of Deer Creek Road to remove rocks along the slopes.  Motorists should expect 20 to 30 minute delays and consider alternate routes.

Caltrans video and article explaining rock mitigation.

 The California Highway Patrol will be on site, and flaggers will direct traffic. Changeable Message Signs will be posted in advance of the closure area to advise motorists of delays.

In the first phase of this rock mitigation project, rock climbers will scale the slopes overlooking the highway to remove rocks that could potentially fall onto the highway.  In the second phase, at a later date, a helicopter will be used to install rock netting to the hillside.

Caltrans reminds motorists to Slow For The Cone Zone and Move Over.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ok, Pilgrim, Seatbelt or Ticket? Your Choice.

These turkeys are NOT wearing seatbelts and risk being cited by CHP.
Top 5 stupid reasons why people don't wear their seatbelts:

1. It'll wrinkle my clothes. (Would you rather wrinkle your FACE in a car crash?)

2. The airbags will protect me. (Um, no. You need to be belted in.)

3. It's uncomfortable. (So is a massive head injury and internal bleeding.)

4. I'm a good driver. (Of course you are! And you're driving among some very bad/drunk/tired/distracted drivers.) 

5. Wearing a seatbelt or not should be MY choice. (It is! You get to CHOOSE to die needlessly or walk away from a terrible accident! YOUR choice!)

And here's the top ONE reason why you should wear a seatbelt: Wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to save a life on the road — your life, your passengers' lives, the lives of other motorists.

Caltrans and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are reminding you about seatbelt use now because Thanksgiving is a busy time of year on our nation's roadways. With so many people traveling, the number of accidents increases. The best way to protect yourself and your passengers is to make sure that everyone in any car you're riding in is belted in. According to NHTSA data, about half of people killed in motor vehicle accidents were NOT wearing a seatbelt. Plus, wearing a seatbelt will also prevent you from getting a costly ticket.

Four out of five people DO wear seatbelts on a regular basis, so good on you, seatbelt wearers! But if you do that thing where you put the lap belt on and slide the shoulder part off, that doesn't count. The shoulder harness isn't a decoration. Use it! And drive careful out there. Don't become an NHTSA stat, more of which you can find here.

Friday, November 15, 2013

POSTPONED: Closures on PCH for Rock Stabilization

MALIBU – Caltrans will have alternating closures in both directions of Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) intermittently between 6:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 from south of Las Posas Road to north of Deer Creek Road.

The closures are necessary to enable installation of rock drapery, or netting, from a helicopter on the hillside overlooking the highway to prevent falling rocks. The California Highway Patrol will be on site, and flaggers will direct traffic. Changeable Message Signs will be posted in advance of the closure area to advise motorists regarding delays. Alternate routes are recommended, if possible.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Major Northbound I-5 Closures This Weekend Between Valley View and Carmenita — EXPECT DELAYS!

Major closures this weekend of northbound I-5 between Valley View Avenue and Carmenita Road will make driving this section of freeway a major hassle. There will be significant DELAYS, so if you choose to drive it, don’t say we didn’t warn you. The closures will be in place Saturday, Nov. 16, at 12:01 a.m. to Monday, Nov. 18, at 5 a.m. We expect traffic to be particularly bad on Saturday, so please-please-please use an alternate route. Details:

Closed Continuously Throughout the Weekend

One of three lanes on northbound I-5 from Valley View Ave. to Carmenita Rd. (except during full closures when ALL northbound lanes will be closed — see below)

Westbound SR-91 to northbound I-5 connector

Northbound I-5 on-ramp at Valley View Ave. (closes Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.)

Northbound Full Freeway Closures

Saturday, Nov. 16: 12:01 a.m. to 7 a.m. 

Monday, Nov. 18: 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Southbound I-5 will be OPEN during the closure. Detours will be posted. Here’s the construction zone map:

More info about the closures is here. 

When the closures end Monday morning, you’ll notice these improvements: 

Restriping: Three northbound lanes from Valley View Ave. to Alondra Blvd. will be re-striped and shifted to the right (east).

New On-Ramp: A new temporary northbound I-5 on-ramp at Freeway Dr. in Santa Fe Springs that replaces the Alondra Blvd. on-ramp, which closed in June 2013. 

New Intersection: A new signalized intersection at Alondra Blvd. and Freeway Dr. in Santa Fe Springs.

This work is part of the $110 million I-5 HOV Widening and Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project, which is constructing one carpool lane and one general purpose lane in each direction from North Fork Coyote Creek Bridge to Marquardt Avenue. The project also includes reconstructing overcrossings at Alondra Boulevard and North Fork Coyote Creek, and realigning and upgrading adjacent frontage roads. More info is here.

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