Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Intersection Closed at Alondra Blvd/Freeway Dr in Santa Fe Springs



The intersection of Alondra Boulevard/Freeway Drive in the city of Santa Fe Springs will be fully closed for about seven months - beginning Friday, August 2 at 8 a.m., through mid-Feb. 2014.  
An aggressive  7-day work week schedule will vary from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. begins next week in this work zone for the these construction activities: 
  • underground utility relocation;
  • retaining wall construction; 
  • expedite the daily movement of construction materials across the roadway;
  • drive piles for reconstruction of the Alondra Blvd. Bridge; and
  • construct a temporary northbound I-5 on-ramp at Freeway Dr., that is scheduled to open to motorists in mid-October.  It will temporarily replace the northbound I-5 on-ramp at Alondra Blvd. (permanently closed in June) until the new ramp is complete.


Other ongoing closures and activities in this area include:
  • Alondra Blvd.- between Freeway Dr. and Marquardt Ave.- is closed until mid/late 2014;
  • the northbound I-5 on-ramp at Alondra Blvd. is permanently closed; and
  • Alondra Blvd. Bridge reconstruction.
The intersection closure will minimize the impacts of construction and increase the safety of motorists,  pedestrians and work crews. Local commuters are encouraged to use the marked detours on Valley View Ave., Artesia Blvd., and Carmenita Road. Please consider the closures and detours in your commute and allow extra travel time to arrive at your destination.

The work is part of the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) HOV Widening and Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project to construct one carpool and one general purpose lane in each direction and reconstruct the Alondra Blvd. Bridge.

Sign-up to receive info on street, lane and ramp closures by calling the toll-free I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects Hotline (855) 454-6335 or visiting www.I-5info.com

Summer Slam on 60: Two Down 2 More 2 Go

Southern Californians you’ve done it again – Summer Slam on 60 was a success.  There were no significant delays and traffic smoothly moved through the area  this past weekend.   Let’s see if we can do it again.

Caltrans advises motorists to once again prepare for another round of  55-hour weekend lane closures on the Pomona Freeway (SR-60) between Fullerton Road and Nogales Street in Rowland Heights. 

Motorists should expect to do the same thing for the following dates:

Friday, August 9 at 10 p.m. – Monday, August 12 at 5 a.m.

  • 3 lanes of eastbound SR-60 to be closed
  • Hacienda Boulevard, Azusa Avenue, Fullerton Road and south Nogales Street  on-ramps to be closed
  • Fullerton Road and Nogales Street off-ramps to be closed
Friday, August 23 at 10 p.m. – Monday, August 26 at 5 a.m.
  • 2 lanes of eastbound SR-60 to be closed
  • Hacienda Boulevard, Azusa Avenue, Fullerton Road and south Nogales Street  on-ramps to be closed
  • Fullerton Road and Nogales Street off-ramps 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 and removal. 

 
Two feet of damaged pavement removed.
Paving machine in operation.

Monday, July 29, 2013

New Bypass Lane on Southbound I-5 Near Frazier Park



As of this morning, there's a new bypass on southbound I-5 from Frazier Mountain Park Road to Gorman Road, a distance of about 2.7 miles. The bypass lane will remain in place through August 29, 2013, while crews pave the two outside lanes and shoulder of southbound I-5.
What's a bypass lane? The inside lane of northbound I-5 has temporarily become a southbound lane at all times between Frazier Mountain Park Road and Gorman Road. So, if you're approaching Frazier Mountain Park Road in the left lane of southbound I-5, you'll need to shift to the bypass lane. A temporary concrete barrier separates the northbound and southbound lanes. Here's a schematic:


Why bother with a bypass lane at all? The bypass lane allows three traffic lanes in each direction to remain open while work is underway on the two outside southbound lanes and shoulder and will reduce the duration of the project. 
As part of this operation, the southbound I-5 on-ramp to Frazier Mountain Park Road is closed. The alternate on-ramp to southbound I-5 is Gorman Road. Here's the detour map:

This work is part of a project that's repaving both directions of I-5 between Vista Del Lago Road and the Kern County line. More info here.
Questions? Visit I-5info.com or call us on the toll-free I-5 Info Line at (855) 454-6335. 
Posted by kelly.markham@dot.ca.gov.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Northbound Glendale Freeway (SR-2) to Northbound Golden State Freeway Connector (I-5) Tanker Fire Repairs - Update

Caltrans continues tests to determine the extent of damage to the northbound SR-2/northbound I-5 connector and remove remnants of hazardous materials from nearby storm drains. 
 
As part of the first phase of tests, Caltrans has taken core samples of the damaged concrete to test its compression strength and to analyze to extent of damage to the concrete inside of the connector.  The second phase of testing will include the use of a ground penetrating radar (GPR) and an impact echo device to determine if there is additional cracking within the concrete inside of the walls, ceiling, columns, and pavement.  Once the extent of damage has been determined, Caltrans design engineers will begin to develop a remedy.
 

Workers walk through the connector.
Hazardous materials contractor Ocean Blue Environmental Services, Inc. of Long Beach, Calif. continues to remove sediment from storm drains that contain elements of gasoline that drifted into the drains from the tanker during the fire.  Caltrans Storm Water and Hazmat Unit has been working closely with the City of Los Angeles Watershed Protection District and the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Health Hazardous Materials Division to ensure proper mitigation of the hazardous materials.
 
Ocean Blue will continue to work near Allessandro Street and Ripple Street.  There will be no street closures, but nearby residents should expect equipment noise during the following days and times:
  • Saturday, July 27 – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 28 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The intense heat from the tanker fire on July 13 caused extensive damage to the pavement, walls, support structures, drainage, and lighting within the connector tunnel, requiring it to be closed for several weeks or months. 
 
 

I-10/I-605 Interchange Improvement Project

Baldwin Park – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close portions of the connector road from the southbound San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) to the eastbound San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) as part of the Interchange Improvement Project. The following schedule will be in effect, weather permitting:

Monday July 29 – Friday August 2
  • 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Southbound I-605 connector to the east- and westbound I-10
  • 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. – West Ramona Blvd on-ramp to southbound I-605
  • 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. – One lane on southbound I-605 from West Ramona Blvd to I-10
  • 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. – One lane on northbound I-605 from I-10 to West Ramona Blvd
  • 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Eastbound I-10 connector to northbound I-605
  • 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Westbound I-10 connector to northbound I-605

MCM Construction, Inc. is the contractor for this $66 million Design Build project, which will create a flyover bridge from the southbound San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) to the eastbound San Bernardino Freeway (I-10). Detour signs will be posted to direct motorists. Anticipated completion is fall, 2014. Caltrans reminds you to “Slow For the Cone Zone.”

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Let's Hear It for Our Trailblazing Women

Marilyn Jorgenson Reece visits the I-10/I-405 Interchange during the construction phase.
The California State Library published an online calendar of special women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. This calendar encourages young women to choose careers in these areas. The May calendar featured Marilyn Reece, California’s first woman engineer. This month’s calendar features Irene Itamura, the first woman to lead a Caltrans regional district. Please visit the calendar to learn more about Irene and other women in STEM fields.
 
Irene Itamura

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14) Lane Closures

Caltrans will close portions of Antelope Valley Freeway SR-14 from Sierra Highway (Soledad Canyon Rd.) to Palmdale Boulevard as part of a pavement rehabilitation project.  Closures are as follows and subject to change:

Sunday, July 28, through Friday, August 2
Northbound SR-14
8 p.m. to 6 a.m.– Up to three lanes between Soledad Canyon Rd. and Palmdale Boulevard
7 p.m. to 6 a.m. – On and Off Ramps CLOSED between Sierra Highway and Avenue S


Southbound SR-14
8 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Up to three lanes between Palmdale Boulevard & Soledad Canyon Rd
7 p.m. to 6 a.m. – On and Off Ramps CLOSED between Avenue S & Sierra Highway


This project may require FULL Freeway closures. Advance notices will be provided.

Detours will be posted. New pavement will improve mobility and enhance safety for motorists.  Security Paving Company Incorporated is the contractor on this $16 million project which is expected to complete summer 2013. 
Caltrans advises motorists to “Slow For The Cone Zone.”

Monday, July 22, 2013

How Traffic is Like the Bread Supply in London



Answer: It’s a complex system that organizes itself. So says Jonas Eliasson, the Director of the Centre for Transport Studies at Sweden’sRoyal Institute of Technology (KTH). In this TED Talk, he shares his thoughts on how to solve traffic jams. Two key points:

1. Traffic is nonlinear — once volumes get above a certain threshold, congestion starts getting really bad really quickly … and the reverse is true as well.

2. No one is “in charge" of traffic (as noted above, it’s a complex system that organizes itself), but incentives can be put in place that nudge motorists to adapt to a new framework. Think HOV lanes and ExpressLanes.

And it turns out, people who resist a given change initially (such as adding carpool lanes to a freeway) often end up supporting it once they experience the benefits.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Full Freeway Closure on Golden State Freeway (I-5) Connector for Tanker Fire Repairs

NEWS RELEASE

Today's Date:  July 19, 2013
District 7:   Los Angeles & Ventura Counties      
Contact: Patrick Chandler
Phone: 213-897-3630  


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Full Freeway Closure on Golden State Freeway (I-5) Connector for Tanker Fire Repairs

Los Angeles – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the southbound I-5 connector to southbound Glendale Freeway (SR-2) on Saturday, July 20 from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. to continue efforts to repair damaged caused by the tanker fire on Saturday, July 13.  Detours will be posted.  Closures are subject to change. 

Caltrans has taken core samples of the damaged concrete from the tunnel.  Caltrans Materials Engineering and Testing Services Lab will use the samples to determine the extent of damage and determine a permanent repair solution.

The intense heat from the tanker fire caused extensive damage to the pavement, walls, support structures, drainage, and lighting within the northbound SR-2/northbound I-5 connector tunnel, requiring it to be closed for several weeks or months. 

Contractors busy inside of the tunnel.

 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Summer Slam on 60: First Round A Success!



Concrete Pour

This past week end (Friday, July 12 at 10 p.m. –  Monday, July 15 at 5 a.m) Summer Slam was a success.  Motorists avoided the area and locals stayed local. 

Caltrans advises motorists to once again prepare for another round of  55-hour weekend lane closures on the Pomona Freeway (SR-60) between Fullerton Road and Nogales Street. 

Motorists should expect to do the same thing for the following dates:

Friday, July 26 at 10 p.m. – Monday, July 29 at 5 a.m.
  • 2 lanes of westbound SR-60 to be closed
  • Northbound SR-57 to westbound SR-60 connector to closed
  • Steel channelizers help stablize the pavement.
  • Brea Canyon Road, Fairway Drive, Nogales Street and Fullerton Road on-ramps to be closed
  • Nogales Street and Fullerton Road off-ramps 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
  •  Hacienda Boulevard, Azusa Avenue, Fullerton Road and south Nogales Street  on-ramps to be closed
  • Fullerton Road and Nogales Street off-ramps to be closed

Friday, August 23 at 10 p.m. – Monday, August 26 at 5 a.m.
     
    Roadway Finisher.
  • 2 lanes of eastbound SR-60 to be closed
  • Hacienda Boulevard, Azusa Avenue, Fullerton Road and south Nogales Street  on-ramps to be closed
  • Fullerton Road and Nogales Street off-ramps 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 and removal. 

The new surface will provide a smoother, safer drive for motorists, reduce time required for maintenance and minimize the need for further lane closures. Work is expected to be completed in late 2014.















Wednesday, July 17, 2013

55-Hour Connector Closures This WEEKEND in Baldwin Park



If you’re going to be in the Baldwin Park area this weekend, there are two 55-hour connector closures you need to know about. The closures will affect the the northbound and southbound I-605 connectors to eastbound I-10. The Frazier Street off-ramp will also be closed.

The closures are part of the I-10 HOV project. (More info here.) Crews will be paving and working on the drainage system during the closures. Details:

Friday, July 19, at 10 p.m. through Monday, July 22, at 5 a.m.

   > Eastbound I-10 Frazier Street off-ramp
   > Northbound I-605 to eastbound I-10 connector
   > Southbound I-605 to eastbound I-10 connector


View 55-Hour Connector Closures for the I-10 HOV Project THIS WEEKEND! in a larger map

Click on the map caption to view details. 

We expect congestion, so avoid the area. Alternate routes are I-210 and SR-60.

The same closures will also be in effect the weekend of August 2 - 5, same hours.

These closures are weather permitting and subject to change. Detour signs will be posted.