Thursday, July 31, 2014

LONG-TERM INTERSECTION CLOSURE in Santa Fe Springs

Caltrans will fully close the intersection of Alondra Boulevard, Marquardt Avenue and South Firestone Boulevard in the city of Santa Fe Springs beginning on Monday morning, August 4 at 6 a.m. The intersection will remain fully closed for approximately one month during a concentrated construction work schedule expected to complete in the first week of September, weather permitting.

Construction will take place during day and nighttime hours and on weekends. A marked detour will direct motorists around the closure area using 166th Street, Carmenita Road, Alondra Blvd. and Firestone Blvd. The long-term closure is necessary to complete final construction of the new Alondra Boulevard Bridge. The work involves building-up the roadbed by nearly five feet to meet the bridge approach on the west end of the new bridge.
 
 "Caltrans is committed to expediting the final work for the bridge so that we may safely return the roadway to the public as soon as possible," said John Yang, Caltrans I-5 Corridor construction manager overseeing the projects in Los Angeles County. "Caltrans thanks the motorists, residents, school districts, patrons and businesses for their patience during construction."

When the long-term closure is lifted, the new Alondra Blvd. Bridge will re-open to the public. Additionally, motorists and pedestrians will regain access to the Freeway Drive/Alondra Blvd. intersection that has been closed since August 2013 for roadway improvements and realignment. The Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project began construction in March 2012. The 57-year old bridge was fully closed between Marquardt Ave. and Freeway Drive and demolished in June 2013.

During the past year, the bridge has been reconstructed and widened from a four-lane to a six-lane bridge, with three lanes in each direction, and longer to accommodate a wider freeway. The work is part of the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) South Corridor Improvement Projects to widen the freeway and add one HOV lane and one general purpose lane. I-5info.com

BRIDGE RAIL IMPROVEMENT WORK ON US 101

Caltrans will continue to upgrade existing bridge rails at multiple locations along the Hollywood Freeway (US 101) between North Broadway and Lankershim Boulevard.  The project is expected to finish Winter 2014. 

Construction activities for the next two weeks are as follows:

July 28 through August 11
Intermittent nightly closures, Sunday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.


Northbound US 101
North Broadway on-ramp
Lankershim/Ventura Boulevard off-ramp


Southbound US 101
Lankershim Boulevard on-ramp
Vine/Franklin off-ramp


State Route 110/US 101
Grand Avenue on-ramp to SR-110


Closures include lanes and ramps within the project parameters.  Some weekend work may be required, excluding holidays.  Motorists, local businesses and residents may experience noise and vibration from construction activities.  Expect traffic delays, plan ahead and leave early.

The contractor for this $4.3 million project is Peterson-Chase of Irvine, California. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Expect Delays at Night (We Really Mean It!) On I-5 in North LA County




If you drive I-5 at night in north LA County regularly, no doubt you’ve run into some congestion, particularly very late at night or very early in the morning. The culprit: a paving project between Vista Del Lago Road and the Kern County Line. At times, THREE lanes are closed, which means there’s only ONE lane open, which means it may be a slow-go. Expect lanes closures Sunday nights through Saturday mornings, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

That’s the bad news. The good news is this project is waaaaay ahead of schedule — an entire year, in fact. So, instead of having to deal with construction-related congestion through next year, it will wrap up this September.

In the meantime, a few tips:

   > Avoid traveling this segment of I-5 between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

   > Consult the Caltrans Quickmap before you leave to check real-time traffic so you can take an alternate route if necessary.

   > If you absolutely, positively need to be somewhere at a certain time (like the airport), build extra time into your travel plans to accommodate construction delays.

   > If you get caught in congestion, practice patience. Getting angry won’t make traffic move faster. It’ll just raise your cortisol and adrenaline levels, which isn't good for your cardiovascular system.

   > Focus on the benefits: This project will extend the life of the pavement, lessen the need for future maintenance and closures, and provide a smoother riding surface.

For more information about construction on I-5, check out the I-5 website.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Caltrans Seeks $4M TIGER Grant for Corridor Study and Wildlife Crossing


Caltrans is seeking a total of $4 million from the 2014 Federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program to finance a corridor study in the underserved and economically disadvantaged communities of southeastern Los Angeles County, as well as a wildlife crossing over U.S. Highway 101.


Southeast Los Angeles Corridor Study
Caltrans requested $2 million in federal funds, plus $500,000 in state and local funding, for the Southeast Los Angeles Interconnected Corridors Study, a multi-modal corridor study which will examine two critical goods movement highway corridors and the communities surrounding them: (incorporated) Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Maywood, South Gate and, Vernon; (unincorporated) Broadway-Manchester, Central-Alameda, Florence, Florence-Firestone, Green Meadows, Historic South Central, South Park, Watts and Walnut Park.

The Interstate 710 and Alameda Corridor are critical transportation corridors in this study that distribute goods nationally from the nation’s two busiest seaports, the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. They also suffer from some of the worst congestion in the state and nation. Due to the vital role the routes play in freight movement, it is important that these transportation services be as effective and efficient as possible for their role in national and international economies.



Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing  
This TIGER grant also seeks $2 million in funding for the environmental document and engineering design phases of a future wildlife crossing over U.S. Highway 101 at Liberty Canyon Road in Agoura Hills. Roads and other infrastructure can fragment animal habitats, creating barriers to their movement and increasing the risk of collisions between vehicles and animals. US Highway 101 is an impassible barrier for wildlife migrating into or out of the Santa Monica Mountains. Animals with large home ranges, such as mountain lions, are essentially trapped within the mountain range, which can result in inbreeding and high mortality rates. This wildlife crossing promises to provide for an improved habitat connection across a fragmented landscape, which will help sustain and improve the genetic diversity of mountain lions, deer, coyotes and other native species.

Support for this project has come from a broad coalition of local, state and federal agencies, as well as several elected officials and non-profit organizations. Caltrans is working with these local and regional partners to integrate critical and sustainable environmental considerations into the region’s transportation network. Partner agencies also pledged matching funds and in-kind services to assist in this effort. The TIGER program, which began as part of the federal Recovery Act, offers federal funding possibilities for large, multi-modal projects.

These federal funds leverage money from private sector partners, state, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and transit agencies. Since 2009, California has received a total of $71.4 million for transportation projects across the state. 2014 TIGER grant awards are expected to be announced later this year.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Director's Corner: Malcolm Dougherty on Transportation Funding

If you’ve been following the news, you’re probably aware the House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would raise nearly $11 billion and extend current highway and mass transit funding levels through May 2015. The House’s measure is financed by higher customs fees, changes to pension plans, and money from a fund to repair leaking underground fuel storage tanks. The Senate is considering a similar bill. 

I recently wrote a letter to the chairs of the House and Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, as well as California’s Congressional delegation, calling on them to approve at least a short-term fix before Congress’ August break begins. If the House and Senate cannot reach an agreement on at least a short-term fix to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent by August 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation will begin limiting reimbursements for states. Should the reduced federal reimbursements continue into the new federal fiscal year, which begins October 1, Caltrans will recommend to the California Transportation Commission that no new projects be allocated until challenges at the federal level are overcome. While we maintain a sufficient cash balance to weather a short-term disruption of federal reimbursements, we can only do so with the assurance that the federal government will continue to honor commitments made to projects already underway. 

The long-term issue is that our funding isn’t guaranteed. The state receives more than $3 billion in federal funding annually for transportation projects. Most of it comes from fuel taxes, and for the last 21 years, motorists have paid the same tax on each gallon of gas, while they are purchasing more fuel-efficient vehicles that go further with less fuel. This means less funding for transportation. The California State Transportation Agency, together with Caltrans, the California Transportation Commission and our regional transportation partners, is leading the effort to develop recommendations for alternate transportation funding sources, such as road usage charges and a statewide tolling and pricing policy. We must continue to explore new ways to fund transportation, so we can sustain our world-class system now and into the future.
 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Accessing LAX During Century Crunch

Century Crunch is this weekend, July 25-28, and those planning to travel to LAX are being reminded that Century Boulevard at Aviation Boulevard will be closed for 57 hours so that an old railroad bridge can be demolished and replaced by a new state-of-the-art light-rail station for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.
The closure will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, July 25 and end at 6 a.m. Monday, July 28. The best advice is to avoid the area but for those who must reach the airport, there are options.
Public transit is the best way to avoid what could be a difficult drive. Metro has five bus lines (102, 111, 117, 232 and 120) and the Metro Green Line serving LAX. Take the Green Line to Aviation/LAX Station. Go downstairs and catch the free LAX “G” shuttle. It serves all terminals. Go to metro.net for details. 
The LAX FlyAway runs regular service to the airport, as do other municipal lines. The FlyAway links to the airport from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, the Metro Expo LaBrea Station, Van Nuys, Westwood and Santa Monica. For FlyAway details go to lawa.org/flyaway. Municipal lines that serve LAX include Beach Cities Transit, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Culver City Bus. Go to their websites for details.
Century Boulevard is a major artery to Los Angeles International Airport with more than 92,000 motorists traveling through the Century and Aviation boulevards intersection daily so it is imperative that drivers plan ahead embarking on a trip to the airport during Century Crunch weekend.
 If you absolutely must drive to LAX, allow extra time, check real-time traffic conditions by calling 511 on your phone or go to go511.com on your computer or mobile device. And consider this detour: 
Coming from the south: Drive north on the I-405 freeway, head west on the 105 freeway, exit at Sepulveda Boulevard and go north to LAX. Coming from the east on the I-105 freeway, exit north on Sepulveda to LAX.
Coming from the north: Drive south on the I-405 freeway and exit at either Howard Hughes Parkway or La Tijera Boulevard. At Sepulveda Boulevard head south to LAX.
            The $2.058 billion Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project is an 8.5-mile light-rail line that will connect the Green Line with the Expo Line. The Crenshaw/LAX Line is expected to open in 2019.
            For more information on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Century bridge demolition, related street closures and recommended detours go to metro.net/crenshaw or call the project hotline (213) 922-2736 or Metro Customer Relations at (323) GO.METRO. Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CrenshawRail and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/crenshawrail.
           Stay informed by following Metro on The Source and El Pasajero at metro.net, facebook.com/losangelesmetro, twitter.com/metrolosangeles and twitter.com/metroLAalerts and instagram.com/metrolosangeles.
           Follow LAX on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/LAInternationalAirport?fref=nf

           Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/flyLAXairport and www.LAXisHappening.com for airport construction and traffic-related impacts.

Friday, July 18, 2014

POSTPONED: Fork in the Road Paving Project on Pasadena Avenue - Update


As part of the California Department of Transportation’s (CaltransFork in the Road Paving Project, northbound Pasadena Avenue and southbound Saint John Avenue will be closed from Columbia Street to California Street on Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Saint John Avenue exit from the Foothill Freeway (I-210) will be closed while work is in progress.  Bellafontaine Street will remain open with flashing red signal lights.

Signed detours will be in place.  Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes.

Northbound I-110 9th Street Off-ramp Closures

9th Street Off-ramp
Caltrans will be removing debris, sediment and trash from the storm drain at the northbound
I-110 9th Street off-ramp.  


Construction crews will be working from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday leaving one lane open for traffic to exit the freeway.  This project is expected to be completed by mid-August. Intermittent closures and major delays should be expected.

There will be no work between July 26 – July 30, 2014.

United Storm Water, Inc. is the contractor on this $80,000 project.

Detours will be posted for motorist convenience.

Caltrans advises motorists to “Slow For The Cone Zone.”

I-10 HOV Project Construction Notice - Azusa Avenue

Beginning Monday, July 21 motorists using Azusa Avenue in West Covina may notice construction workers and equipment set up where the street intersects I-10 . The work is part of the $193 million High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV or carpool) lane construction project, where a lane is being constructed in each direction of I-10 between Puente Avenue and Citrus Street.
Although not a full street closure, motorists visiting local businesses may experience delays. Intermittent access to and from I-10 at Azusa Avenue will be affected. Detour signs will be posted. Work along Azusa Avenue is expected to continue through early 2015.
Pedestrian access will remain available throughout construction.

For project information or to sign up to receive weekly closure notices, please visit the I-10 HOV project webpage.
Caltrans reminds you to “Slow For the Cone Zone”

Monday, July 14, 2014

Deadline Extended for SR-710 Comments — Tell Us What You Think!


The deadline for written comments on the proposed regulations governing SR-710 property sales has been EXTENDED to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014. The regulations will outline how surplus properties along the SR-710 corridor in Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno will be sold. Here’s how to send us your comments:

Email: Affordable_Sales_Program@dot.ca.gov

Fax: 916-654-6378

Mail:
Jennifer Lowden
Division of Right of Way and Land Surveys
ATTN:  Affordable Sales Program
California Department of Transportation
1120 N Street, MS 37
Sacramento, CA  95814

You can also share your thoughts in person at two public hearings this week:  

July 15, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
California State University, Los Angeles, Golden Eagle Building, Golden Eagle Ballroom, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles

July 17, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Pasadena Convention Center, Lower Level, Room 107
300 East Green Street, Pasadena

We’ve set up a hotline for English and Spanish speakers (213-897-8184) and a website to help answer questions about the proposed sale process and how it will impact tenants after the regulations are approved and adopted this fall.

For more information on the proposed regulations, visit the California Regulatory Notice Register or Caltrans website.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Don't Get "Crunched": Use Online Tools

57-Hour Bridge Demolition Operation Planned July 25-28

“Century Crunch” Online Clock, Banner Ads Now Available at Metro.net





          As part of efforts to help individuals, businesses, agencies and other organizations count down to the planned closure of the Century/Aviation intersection at a key entrance to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) the weekend of July 25-28, 2014, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has created an official online clock and banner ads that are freely available for public use at metro.net. 

       The “Century/Aviation Intersection Closed: Plan Ahead to Avoid delays” clock counts down the number of days, hours, and minutes before the planned demolition of the old railroad bridge for 57-hours beginning 9 p.m. Friday, July 25 until 6 a.m. Monday, July 28. An old railroad bridge needs to be demolished to allow for the future construction of a new Century/Aviation light rail station.

      Demolition will close a portion of Century Boulevard, a major artery leading into LAX during one of the busiest travel times of the year. It also will restrict traffic on Aviation Boulevard. An estimated 92,800 motorists travel through that intersection on a daily basis.

      A selection of countdown clocks and banner ads in various sizes and options are available to help raise public awareness of the operation and resulting closures.  To obtain the Countdown clock and banner ads, visit http://www.metro.net/projects/crenshaw_corridor/webmasters-spread-word-crenshawlax/


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fork in the Road Paving Project on South Pasadena Avenue in Pasadena

Project limits
Caltrans will begin repaving portions of South Pasadena Avenue and South Saint John Avenue in Pasadena on Monday, July 14.  The project is expected to finish by mid-August.

Both avenues will be repaved with rubberized hot mix asphalt (RA) which will provide a much smoother ride, reduce maintenance costs, lower traffic noise for nearby residents, and is longer lasting.

Work hours:

  • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Project limits:
  • South Pasadena Avenue between Columbia Street and California Boulevard
  • South Saint John Avenue between California Boulevard and Wigmore Drive
What to expect:
  • Motorists should expect delays, occasional noise and dust. 
  • Closures are subject to change.  
  • Signed detours will be in place if necessary. 
  • Residents will always have access.
All American Asphalt of Corona, California was awarded this $287,872 project which is funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP).   

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


Monday, July 7, 2014

Caltrans Wants Your Input on SR-710 Surplus Property Regs


Caltrans is in the process of developing regulations to sell surplus properties along the SR-710 corridor in El Sereno, Pasadena and South Pasadena. These are properties that will not be needed for an extension of the freeway. We want your input on the new regulations. Share your thoughts at one of two public hearings to be held next week:  

July 15, 6 p.m. – 8 pm.
California State University, Los Angeles, Golden Eagle Building, Golden Eagle Ballroom, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles

July 17, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Pasadena Convention Center, Lower Level, Room 107
300 East Green Street, Pasadena

July 14 at 5 p.m. is the end of the public comment period. However, the public comment period will be reopened for these two public hearings. If you want to comment on the proposed regulations but can’t attend one of the hearings, you can submit written comments, a follows:


Fax: 916-654-6378

Mail:
Jennifer Lowden
Division of Right of Way and Land Surveys
ATTN:  Affordable Sales Program
California Department of Transportation
1120 N Street, MS 37
Sacramento, CA  95814

Caltrans will submit final regulations to the Office of Administrative Law for approval later this fall.

Caltrans set up a hotline for English and Spanish speakers (213-897-8184) and a website to help answer questions about the proposed sale process and how it will impact tenants after the regulations are approved and adopted this fall.

For more information on the proposed regulations, visit the California Regulatory Notice Register or Caltrans website.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer of Construction on Santa Ana I-5



Caltrans has scheduled many construction activities and operations on both directions of the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) in Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk. Listed below are ramps that will open and close,  mainline lane shift locations, and other upcoming summer and fall 2014 construction activities.  The work is part of the $1.8 billion I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects to widen the freeway and structures to add one HOV lane and one general purpose lane from the Los Angeles/ Orange County line to the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605). 





Ramps to OPEN:

·       Tuesday, July 15 at 6 a.m. - the southbound I-5 on-ramp at Norwalk Blvd./San Antoni

·       Late Summer 2014 - the new, fly-over off-ramp at southbound I-5 at Imperial Highway.  



Ramps to CLOSE:

·       July 8 - 11 and July 14 - 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - the northbound I-5 off-ramp at  Rosecrans Ave. will close on weekdays during daytime hours.

·       July 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - the northbound I-5 off-ramp at  Rosecrans Ave.

·       (This ramp will fully close at 7 p.m. for an extended 55-hour weekend closure).

Friday, July 18 at 7 p.m. to Monday, July 21 at 5 a.m. - Extended Weekend (55-hour) Full Closure of the northbound I-5 off-ramp at Rosecrans Avenue.   

 Wednesday, July 16 -  Permanent closure of the southbound I-5 on-ramp at Imperial Hwy.

Thursday, July 17 at 7 p.m. - Long-term Full Closure of the northbound I-5 on-ramp at Carmenita Road.   This ramp will close for approximately 18 months, until mid-2016 when the Carmenita Bridge Project has completed. During the closure, crews will work to complete the new 10-lane bridge, construct a new northbound I-5 on-ramp structure, construct the new center median, and realign the roadway. 



Mainline Traffic Shifts:

·   Tuesday, July 15 at 4:30 a.m. - ALL (3 of 3) northbound I-5 lanes, between Norwalk Blvd. and Imperial Highway, will shift to the right; traffic will move on the newly paved lanes.  (NB I-5 full freeway closure is scheduled overnight, Mon. 7/14, 11:59 pm to 4:30 am)


·   Wednesday, July 16 at 4:30 a.m. -  ALL  (3 of 3) southbound I-5 lanes, between ImperialHighway and Norwalk Blvd., will shift to the left and onto the existing northbound I-5 lanes. (SB I-5 full freeway closure is scheduled overnight prior on Tues. 7/15, 12:01am to 4:30 am)


·   Monday, July 21 at 5 a.m. - ALL (3 of 3) northbound I-5 lanes will shift to the right between Carmenita Road to Rosecrans Avenue.  (NB I-5 full freeway closure is scheduled overnight prior on Sun. 7/20, 12:01 am to 5 am)



Upcoming Construction Activities: 


Late Summer 2014 -  I-5 Florence Avenue Interchange Project begins construction. This project extends from Orr and Day Road to just south of I-605.  It is the fifth project to begin construction in a series of six I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects.  Preliminary utility relocation activities are currently ongoing in various areas.

Early September, 2014 - Alondra Blvd. Bridge Project.  Two newly-constructed bridges,  the Alondra Blvd. Bridge and the Coyote Creek Overcrossing, will reopen.  The intersection of Alondra Blvd. and Freeway Dr. will also open at this time.

Late Summer 2014 - Imperial Highway/Pioneer Blvd. Project.  The newly-constructed, fly-over off-ramp at southbound I-5 at Imperial Highway will open.   



Early Fall 2014 - Alondra Blvd. Bridge Project. 

·       Mainline Traffic Shift- southbound I-5 mainline lanes will shift traffic to the center of the roadway; the existing southbound lanes will be the site of a new work zone.

·       Permanent closure of the southbound I-5 on-ramp at Alondra Blvd.  



Fall 2014 - Rosecrans Ave./Bloomfield Ave. Project.   Long-term closure of the southbound I-5 on-ramp and off-ramp at Rosecrans Avenue.  (Approximately 9 months).

Fall 2014 - Florence Avenue Project.   Permanent closure of the southbound I-5 on-ramp at Orr and Day Road in the city of Downey.