Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Sting: I-215 Full Freeway Closures Coming Next Week!

If you use I-215, there are some full freeway closures coming up next week that Caltrans District 8 would like you to know about:


Full closure of northbound I-215

Wednesdays and Thursdays, April 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24
11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the following day.

Full closure of northbound and southbound I-215

Fridays and Saturdays April 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26.
11:30 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. the following day.


I-215 between Iowa Avenue and Barton Road.


To safely construct the BNSF rail road bridge over I-215 in Grand Terrace.

Questions? Contact Michelle Profant at (909) 383-4631 or Terri Kasinga at (951) 232-4268.

For more info on District 8 Caltrans projects, visit caltrans8.info.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Caltrans Pavement at Healthiest Level in More than a Decade

Workers repair pavement on I-5.
Just in case you missed the recently released 2013 State of the Pavement Report, we’ll save you a read and give you the gist: the pavement condition on California’s highways is at its healthiest level in more than a decade.

Details: The percent of healthy pavement on the state highway system increased from 75 to 84 percent from 2011 to 2013 – an increase of 4,500 lane miles of smoother pavement.

Caltrans maintains its aging state highway system even while it carries nearly 35 million vehicles. Each year, the department surveys the condition of its pavement to determine how much of the system needs maintenance.

Annual maintenance needs far outpace dependable funding, but Caltrans works to stretch every dollar by using high-tech strategies, recycling, and innovative treatments to make pavement last longer and to preserve the environment.

Want more pavement info? Read the press release here and the 2013 State of the Pavement Report here.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Full Closure of Northbound I-405 in Long Beach

I-405 at Temple Avenue, looking northbound.
Closures are as follows and subject to change:
  • Saturday, March 22, through Sunday, March 23
    11 p.m. to 7 a.m.  – Lakewood Boulevard to Cherry Avenue
Local businesses will remain open throughout the duration of construction.

Detours will be posted.

This bridge rehabilitation project will require sections of guardrail and overhead portion of the Temple Avenue bridge to be demolished and reconstructed.  As part of this project, the Spring Street on-ramp onto southbound I-405 will be closed until late 2014. 

This project began in January 2014 and is expected to finish in late 2014.  The contractor on this $2.5 million project is DW Powell Construction Inc. of Fontana, California.  The project is funded through the State Highway and Operations Protection Program (SHOPP).

For questions about this project, please contact Public Affairs Officer Peter Jones at 213-897-0106.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

10/605 Direct Connector Construction Update

If you drive along the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) in Baldwin Park, chances are that you have noticed the work taking place at the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) as part of the direct connector project. When completed, the direct connector will reduce commuter delays for motorists merging from southbound I-605 to eastbound I-10 and will consist of a 30-foot wide single lane with left and right shoulders, measuring 4,000 feet in length and 58 feet high at its greatest height. Look for this project to be completed by fall, 2015. Have questions about this project? Follow our Facebook page or contact us via e-mail.

The direct connector will be 58 feet at its greatest height.

The majority of construction occurs at night.

One of 18 columns constructed for the direct connector.

Project is anticipated to complete by fall, 2015.

Once completed, the direct connector will provide improved goods movement and mobility in the region

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Come to the Empire Project Open House!

Caltrans is hosting a Community Open House tomorrow, March 20, in Burbank for the Empire Project. What’s the Empire Project? Glad you asked! The Empire Project is a series of major improvements to I-5 in Burbank, including:

> Adding carpool lanes between Magnolia Blvd. and Buena Vista St.

> Constructing a new interchange at I-5 and Empire Ave.

> Reconstructing the Burbank Blvd. overcrossing and realigning ramps.

> Elevating the railroad tracks at Buena Vista St. and San Fernando Blvd. and adjacent to Empire Ave.

And much, much more! The project will enhance safety, relieve congestion, improve traffic flow and provide easier access to the airport and shopping centers. We expect to begin construction in May. Come to the Community Open House and learn more. Details:

WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: City of Burbank Community Room, 150 N. 3rd St. in Burbank.

PARKING: Free parking is available.

CONTACT: 213.897.3656

Download a flyer here.

More information about the project is here.

Hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I-5 HOV Project, SR-134 to Magnolia Blvd.

Northbound I-5 Flower St. overcrossing widening.

Caltrans will perform the following activities as part of this HOV (carpool) lane project:

March 17 - March 28

  • Construct a concrete barrier along the southbound and northbound I-5 near Western Avenue, and the northbound Olive Avenue off-ramp.
  • Construct a mechanically stabilized earth wall at Bonnywood Place in Burbank.
  • Construct a retaining wall near the southbound Verdugo Avenue off- and on-ramp.
  • The southbound I-5 Western Avenue on-ramps will be closed for 55-hours from 10 p.m. Friday, March 28 to 5 a.m. Monday, March 31.  
Currently, southbound I-5 eastbound and westbound Western Avenue off-ramps are continuously closed day and night. These ramps are expected to open in mid-2014.   No two consecutive ramp closures will be closed.  Detours will be signed.

Caltrans reminds motorists to Slow For The Cone Zone and Move Over. It’s the law.

About the Project
This project is building a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction along the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between the Ventura Freeway (SR-134) and Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, a total distance of 5.4 miles (2.7 miles in each direction). It is also constructing sound walls and retaining walls.
Funding for this $57.8 million project is provided by Proposition C.  The contractor is Security Paving of Sun Valley, California.  Work began in March 2011 and is expected to be completed in late 2014.

Caltrans thanks motorists for their patience and understanding during construction.

Friday, March 14, 2014

48 HOUR CLOSURE: Figueroa Street On-ramp To Southbound Arroyo Seco Parkway (SR-110)

Figueroa St. on-ramp to southbound SR-110 in Cypress Park
The Figueroa Street on-ramp to southbound Arroyo Seco Parkway (SR-110) will be closed from 11 p.m. tonight until 11 p.m. Sunday, March 16.  Caltrans maintenance crews can reconfigure the ramp, replace the metal beam guardrail with a concrete barrier, install new lighting and wiring, and enhance safety. 

A signed detour will be place.  Closures are subject to change.

Caltrans reminds motorists to Slow For The Cone Zone and Move Over. It’s the law.