Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Southbound I-5 Closure Next Week — SR-170 to Sheldon Street


The new I-5/SR-170 connector will open in a month or so, and before that happens, crews need to remove the temporary structure supports, aka falsework, which looks like this:

For the safety of motorists and the crew, we’ll close a short stretch of southbound I-5 in the Arleta area next Tuesday night through early Wednesday morning. Southbound I-5 on-ramps at Terra Bella Street and Osborne Street will also be closed. Details:

Where: Southbound I-5 between the I-5/SR-170 interchange and Sheldon Street.

When: March 5 at 11:59 p.m. through March 6 at 4 a.m.

You’ll be detoured off southbound I-5 at the I-5/SR-170 interchange and onto southbound SR-170. Motorists will re-enter southbound I-5 from Laurel Canyon Blvd. Detour signs will be posted. Here’s the map:


If you live in the area, you may hear construction noise during the closure, but it won’t last long, and we promise it won’t exceed levels allowed by state and federal regulations. You may also notice extra lighting and a temporary increase in traffic.

There will be additional closures of southbound I-5 to complete the falsework removal in a few weeks. Details will be posted on the I-5 website and here on the blog. And you can always call the toll-free I-5 Hotline for more information.

Posted by kelly.markham@dot.ca.gov

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

55-hour Closure on San Diego Freeway (I-405)



As part of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, up to three lanes of northbound I-405 will be closed between the Montana Avenue and Getty Center Drive off-ramps beginning this Friday night, March 1 for 55 hours.   

Press Release
Lane Reduction Map

The project contractor will be repaving and striping within this 2.4-mile portion of freeway.  Southbound I-405 will remain fully open and Sepulveda Boulevard will be fully operational during this time.  

Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate northbound routes if necessary.  Motorists can monitor real-time traffic conditions at by visiting Caltrans Quickmap at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov.  

Hollywood Freeway (US 101)/Arroyo Seco Parkway (SR-110) Interchange to Closed for Swarm Maintenance

Caltrans deployed 175 personnel and community service workers for “swarm” or intensive maintenance on Sunday, February 24 in closed sections of the US 101/I-110 interchange from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Crews were able to trim trees, remove debris and trash, install new LED overhead lights, and much more to enhance and improve the flow of traffic through the interchange. 

Generally, crews only have a two-hour closure window within the US 101/I-110 interchange, by increasing the window to six-hours and placing  dozens of personnel into one closure, crews are able accomplish several tasks all at once.  This six-hour window reduced the necessity to close the interchange three to four addition times for two-hours.


posted by patrick.chandler@dot.ca.gov

Monday, February 25, 2013

Full Closures on Santa Ana I-5 in Norwalk

Thank you, Santa Ana Freeway motorists!  
With your patience and with a safe work environment, Caltrans had a successful start with its bridge demolition schedule last night (Sun. 2/24) for the Shoemaker Avenue Bridge in Norwalk.  Crews were able to demo two bridge decks from midnight to 5 a.m.   
Southbound I-5 was fully closed from Rosecrans Avenue to Carmenita Road and two lanes were closed on northbound I-5 within the same limits. One northbound lane was open to traffic. Here is some unedited video from the last night's scene:  
video

The same closures will be in place tonight, Mon. 2/25.  Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday night, the work and freeway lane and ramps closures will shift to northbound I-5:  
Nightly, Tuesday and Wednesday: February 26 & 27
  • Full Freeway Closure: northbound I-5 only
  • The full freeway closure extends from Carmenita Road to Rosecrans Avenue. 
  • All northbound I-5 traffic must exit at the Carmenita Road off-ramp.
  • Connector Closures:  Westbound SR-91 to northbound I-5. 
  • Detour: reconnect to northbound I-5 via westbound SR-91 to northbound I-605 to northbound I-5. 
  • Northbound I-5 on-ramps will be fully closed at Valley View, Alondra, and Carmenita. 
  • On southbound I-5, up to two lanes will be closed from San Antonio/Norwalk Blvd to Carmenita. 
Sign-up to receive email notifications on local street, freeway and ramp closures at the I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects Toll-Free Hotline (855) 454-6335 or www.I-5info.com 
Caltrans district-wide freeway lane closure information can be accessed at www.lcswebreports.dot.ca.gov

Friday, February 22, 2013

Full Closures on Santa Ana I-5 Begin Sunday

Caltrans will fully close one direction of the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) between the Artesia Fwy (SR 91) and the San Gabriel River Fwy (I-605) for 8 nights beginning Sunday night, February 24.  Only one direction of I-5 will be fully closed each night.  The overnight closures of the freeway, connector and ramps will affect I-5 Corridor motorists in the cities of La Mirada, Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk and Downey. 



The closures are as follows, weather permitting:  
Nightly, Sunday and Monday: February 24 & 25, March 3 &4Full Freeway Closure: southbound I-5 only from Rosecrans Ave to Carmenita Rd.
All southbound I-5 traffic must exit at the Rosecrans Ave off-ramp.
Connector Closure:  the southbound I-605 connector to southbound I-5 will be closed. Detour: reconnect to southbound I-5 using southbound I-605 to eastbound SR-91 to southbound I-5.
Southbound I-5 on-ramps will be fully closed at S. Firestone Blvd. and Rosecrans.
On northbound I-5, up to two lanes will be closed from Carmenita Rd. to Rosecrans.



Nightly, Tuesday and Wednesday: February 26 & 27, March 5 & 6Full Freeway Closure: northbound I-5 only from Carmenita Rd to Rosecrans Ave.
All northbound I-5 traffic must exit at the Carmenita Rd off-ramp.
Connector Closures:  Westbound SR-91 to northbound I-5.
Detour:  reconnect to northbound I-5 using westbound SR-91 to northbound I-605 to northbound I-5.
Northbound I-5 on-ramps will be fully closed at Valley View, Alondra and Carmenita
On southbound I-5, up to two lanes will be closed from San Antonio/Norwalk Blvd. to Carmenita.

Sign-up to receive email notifications on local street, freeway and ramp closures at the I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects Toll-Free Hotline (855) 454-6335 or www.I-5info.com
Caltrans district-wide freeway lane closure information can be accessed at www.lcswebreports.dot.ca.gov

Academy Awards and Caltrans: Hollywood Freeway Ramp Closures for Awards Ceremony

State of California • Department of Transportation

NEWS RELEASE
                                         
Date:         Friday, February 22, 2013
District:      7 – Los Angeles/Ventura Counties
Contact:     Public Affairs
Phone:       (213) 897-3656
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


HOLLYWOOD FREEWAY (US 101) RAMP CLOSURES FOR ACADEMY AWARDS


LOS ANGELES - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the north- and southbound Hollywood Freeway (US101) Highland Avenue off-ramps Sunday, February 24, from 10 a.m. to midnight.  An encroachment permit has been issued by Caltrans to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 85TH Annual Academy Awards Ceremony. Caltrans advises motorists to “Slow For The Cone Zone.”


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

You’re Invited! Community Meeting for I-5 Carpool/Toll Lanes


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There’s a project in the pipeline that would build carpool lanes on I-5 between SR-14 and Parker Road — about 13.5 miles — in 30 years. Long wait, right? The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is exploring options to accelerate construction by tolling the carpool lanes and completing the project in 2019.

You may be wondering if this proposal — known as I-5 North Capacity Enhancements (Phase 2a) — is similar to the ExpressLanes on I-10 and I-110. Yes and no. Yes in that solo drivers would be permitted to use the carpool lanes by paying a toll. No in that the funding mechanism is different. The ExpressLanes are part of a one-year demonstration project largely funded by the federal government. The toll lanes on I-5 would be funded by a public-private partnership, and the private firm would be repaid using the toll revenue over the next 35 years.

Nothing has been decided yet, and Caltrans is currently working with Metro on a technical study to analyze the impacts of the toll lane scenario. Want to know more? Info about the proposed project is available here. Also, two community meetings will be held next week in the Santa Clarita area. Details:  

          Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
          Sports Complex – City of Santa Clarita
          20880 Centre Pointe Pkwy.
          Santa Clarita, CA  91350
          Served by Santa Clarita Transit Lines 5 and 6

          Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
          Rancho Pico Junior High School
          26250 Valencia Blvd.
          Stevenson Ranch, CA  91381
          Served by Santa Clarita Transit Line 7

These meetings are a great opportunity to become involved in project planning. You’ll learn about key features and get answers to your questions. Metro and Caltrans staff are eager to hear your feedback. We hope to see you there!

Hollywood Freeway (US 101)/Arroyo Seco Parkway (SR-110) Interchange to Close for Swarm Maintenance II



Caltrans maintenance crews during Swarm I on I-110 in Downtown LA
Today's Date:    February 20, 2012
District 7:             Los Angeles & Ventura counties      
Contact:            Patrick Chandler              
Phone:              213-897-3630

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hollywood Freeway (US 101)/Arroyo Seco Parkway (SR-110) Interchange to Close for Swarm Maintenance

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will deploy 175 personnel and community service workers for “swarm” maintenance on Sunday, February 24 in closed sections of the US 101/I-110 interchange from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The closures will occur at the following locations:

Connectors
Northbound SR-110 connector to northbound US 101
Southbound SR-110 connector to northbound US 101
#3 lane of the northbound SR-110 connector to northbound and southbound US 101 (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.)

Ramps
Grand Avenue on-ramp to north- and southbound SR-110 and northbound US 101
3rd Street on-ramp to northbound SR-110

Motorist should expect delays.  Signed detours will be in place. 

Generally, crews only have a two-hour closure window within the US 101/I-110 interchange, by increasing the window to six-hours and placing hundreds of personnel into one closure, crews will be able accomplish several tasks all at once.  This six-hour window will reduce the necessity to close the interchange three to four addition times for two-hours.

“With budget and resource cutbacks, we have to be innovative and find different ways to accomplish our mission,” said District 7 Director Michael Miles.  “By placing multiple crews into one closure we were able to make significant improvements to the roadway and landscape, enhance safety, and save on future costs.”
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