Friday, August 29, 2014

Caltrans Opens Reconstructed Alondra Boulevard Bridge

Caltrans, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Federal Highway Administration today opened the newly reconstructed Alondra Boulevard Bridge, the largest of three bridges rebuilt as part of the $110 million Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project.

“This new bridge is just one of many transportation improvements we are working on that will improve the quality of life for people in this region by reducing traffic congestion while at the same time providing jobs,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

The 57-year-old Alondra Bridge was completely demolished in June 2013 and rebuilt within 14 months. The new structure, which meets modern design standards, was expanded from four lanes to six lanes. In addition to serving a large industrial area within Santa Fe Springs, the bridge serves the cities of Norwalk, Cerritos and La Mirada.

"The reconstruction of the Alondra Boulevard Bridge is a significant milestone in the 1-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects and a great example of Metro putting Measure R dollars to work," said Metro Board Chair and Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti.  "Metro is tackling traffic and improving connections across the region in many different ways, including modernizing freeways, expanding transit options, and making it easier to get around by foot and bike."

The project will also reconstruct bridges at Coyote Creek and North Fork Coyote Creek, add one new carpool lane and a general purpose lane in each direction on I-5 from North Fork Coyote Creek to Marquardt Avenue, and upgrade the Freeway Drive and Firestone Boulevard frontage roads.

The Santa Ana Freeway/Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project is part of the I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects, a $1.8 billion package of six projects extending nearly seven miles from the Los Angeles County/Orange County line to the San Gabriel River Freeway (Interstate 605). More than 220,000 vehicles travel this section of I-5 daily.

“Caltrans is making a solid investment on the Santa Ana Freeway that will significantly lower traffic congestion while improving safety and supporting economic growth,” said Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen.

The Santa Ana Freeway/Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project is funded by federal, state, and local monies, including $72 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond, $14.5 million from state transportation funds, and $23.7 million from Metro’s Proposition C and Measure R.

For more information on the I-5 Corridor Projects, visit www.I-5info.com or call toll-free at 855-454-6335.

Full Freeway Closures as Part of 10/605 Direct Connector Project

Baldwin Park – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will conduct full freeway closures at night along the northbound San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) Tuesday, September 2 and eastbound San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) Wednesday, September 3  from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. as part of the Interchange Improvement Project. 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. For project information, please click here. Caltrans reminds you to Slow For the Cone Zone.
View of the connector project from westbound I-10.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Help Keep Kids Safe! School-Year Safety Tips for Motorists


The school year has begun. Many children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school. They all deserve our attention and commitment to safety. Below are some tips for motorists — some which are common sense, but a friendly reminder can’t hurt. Help keep our kids safe! 

  • Never pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
  • School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus.
  • Always stop when students are entering or exiting a school bus.
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus.
  • Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings. This makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the street.
  • Drivers should not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. Do not stop with a portion of your vehicle over the crosswalk.
  • In a school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.
  • Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer or designated crossing guard.
  • Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fork In the Road Paving Project

Hot rubberized asphalt paving.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will finish paving South Pasadena Avenue and South Saint John Avenue between California Boulevard and Columbia Street in Pasadena tomorrow. 

Please follow all signs and do not cross or knock barricades, they are there for motorist and worker safety. 

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. 

Crews will work between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dust and noise should expected in the project area.  Local residents will be allowed entrance but should drive slow through the construction zone. 

All American Asphalt of Corona, California was awarded this $287,872 project which is funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP).

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Behind the K-Rail: Inside a Bore Pit

If you've driven in the vicinity of the Empire Center in Burbank, no doubt you've noticed all the construction work underway, including bore pits on Victory Place north of Empire Avenue. The purpose of the bore pits is to set up bore-driving equipment, which will drive a 24-inch steel casing through the ground approximately 110 feet from a jacking pit to a receiving pit. The bore pits are about 30 feet deep, 20 feet wide and 12 feet long. Here's what it looks like inside a bore pit: 


Eventually, a plastic conduit will be inserted inside the steel casing, and communication lines will go inside the casing. Manholes will be built inside the pit, and the area around the manhole will be backfilled with dirt. The entire operation will take four to five weeks. The work is part of the Empire Project.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED AUGUST 21 FOR PROPOSED REGULATIONS GOVERNING STATE ROUTE 710 PROPERTY SALES

Caltrans will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposed regulations governing the State Route 710 property sales on Thursday, August 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at  the Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church, 2241 North Eastern Avenue in Los Angeles.

The proposed regulations will outline how surplus properties along the State Route 710 corridor in Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno will be sold pursuant to state law.


Caltrans extended the written comment period on July 31 in order to give the public more time to understand and comment on this complex process. Written comments must be received by Caltrans no later than 5 p.m. on September 2, 2014. These may be submitted by e-mail to Affordable_Sales_Program@dot.ca.gov; by fax to 916-654-6378; or by mail to:

Caltrans 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 web site (www.dot.ca.gov/dist07/business/710sales) 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 (www.oal.ca.gov/res/docs/pdf/notice/22z-2014.pdf) or Caltrans’ web site (www.dot.ca.gov/regulations.htm).
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Reasons to Follow Us on Twitter

Need a good reason to follow us on Twitter? How about this:



That's a shot of cleanup efforts on SR-60 in El Monte after a bad accident this morning involving a tanker truck and multiple cars. A segment of SR-60 and the I-605 connectors were closed for several hours. The backups stretched for miles.

If you were following us on Twitter (@Caltransdist7), you would have received updates about the accident and resulting congestion on impacted freeways, allowing you to make smart choices about your travel and avoid delays. PLUS, we tweet construction updates, significant closures, commuter alerts, event info and much more. So, go ahead, start following us today. The five seconds you spend reading 140 characters could save you hours sitting in traffic.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Life After Relocation: Caltrans Museum Exhibit Explores the Human Face of Property Acquisition




In the chicken and egg logic of urban development, attractive housing prices draw people to an area, which creates more development and more traffic. 

It's Caltrans' job to ensure that freeways and state highways are operating at maximum efficiency. In crowded Los Angeles County, it is sometimes necessary to acquire private property in order to make room for freeway improvement projects. This process requires sensitivity and dedication on the part of Caltrans right-of-way agents to ensure that property owners are satisfied with their new homes. 

Over our many decades of experience, Caltrans has learned a thing or two about making the experience of moving people living in the freeway's path easier and, in some cases, actually improving their lives in the process. We also relocate businesses, which involves finding a location suitable to their specific requirements. And now, after moving a petting zoo in the city of Norwalk, we even have experience relocating animals.

The Right-of-Way process and the experiences of people relocated to enable vital improvements to the Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) in the cities of Downey, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs and La Mirada are the subject of the latest Caltrans District 7 Museum exhibit.  

Those improvements constitute a $1.6 billion investment that will enhance safety, improve traffic flow, reduce congestion, encourage ride sharing, decrease surface street traffic and help improve air quality.

The exhibit, on display now through early fall, examines the experiences of people who have been relocated, illustrated through a collection of doorknobs. Each doorknob in the exhibit was saved from someone's home. It represents a portal into their new lives and also a passageway into the Caltrans family, because we also became connected to the property owners in the process of working with them.

The museum is located at 100 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.





210 Sunland Boulevard Long-Term Ramp Closures

Caltrans will close the eastbound Foothill Boulevard (I-210) Sunland Boulevard North and Sunland Boulevard South on-ramps beginning Monday, August 18, 2014. Detour signs will be posted. The closures are anticipated to continue through September, 2014. 

The closures are part of a $67.2 million rehabilitation project along I-210 between Lowell Avenue and Wheatland Avenue. Once the work is completed in 2016, the new surface will provide a smoother, safer drive for motorists, reduce time required for maintenance and minimize the need for further lane closures.

Caltrans reminds you to Slow For The Cone Zone






Friday, August 8, 2014

Behind the K-Rail: Photo Update for I-5 HOV, SR-134 to Magnolia Blvd., 8/8/2014

Construction crews have been pouring tons of concrete along I-5 in Burbank to widen bridges and lanes to accommodate for a future HOV or carpool lane.

The picture briefly explains the "anatomy" of the freeway pavement on southbound I-5, just north of the Alameda Avenue exit in Burbank.

Behind the K-Rail: The Empire Project

If you drive southbound I-5 in Burbank, you've probably noticed a lot of work going on this week near the Buena Vista Street off-ramp. If you could peek behind the k-rail (and please do NOT try to peek behind the k-rail), you would see this:

So what's going on? Crews are clearing and grubbing (that's construction-speak for removing vegetation) and excavating for a new retaining wall. The retaining wall is part of the Empire Project, which — among other things — is widening the freeway to make room for a carpool lane in each direction between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street. Clearing and grubbing is expected to wrap up today. The excavation work will continue through August 19.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED AUGUST 21 FOR PROPOSED REGULATIONS GOVERNING STATE ROUTE 710 PROPERTY SALES

Caltrans will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposed regulations governing the State Route 710 property sales on Thursday, August 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at  the Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church, 2241 North Eastern Avenue in Los Angeles.
The proposed regulations will outline how surplus properties along the State Route 710 corridor in Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno will be sold pursuant to state law.

Caltrans extended the written comment period on July 31 in order to give the public more time to understand and comment on this complex process. Written comments must be received by Caltrans no later than 5 p.m. on September 2, 2014. These may be submitted by e-mail to Affordable_Sales_Program@dot.ca.gov; by fax to 916-654-6378; or by mail to:

Caltrans 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 web site (www.dot.ca.gov/dist07/business/710sales) 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 (www.oal.ca.gov/res/docs/pdf/notice/22z-2014.pdf) or Caltrans’ web site (www.dot.ca.gov/regulations.htm).


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

From the City of Malibu: Closure for Bike Lane Project

The City of Malibu will close one lane of northbound Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) at Morning View Drive from 6 a.m. on Tuesday, August 12 to 6 p.m. Friday, August 15.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Arthur Aladjadjian, Public Works Superintendent
Phone: 310-456-2489 ext. 235
Email: aaladjadjian@malibucity.org


72-Hour PCH Lane Closure at Morning View Drive Begins August 12


Northbound No. 2 lane will be closed for construction on the 
City’s Bike Route Project

(Malibu, CA) On Tuesday, August 12, the City of Malibu is scheduled to close the Northbound No. 2 lane of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) on both sides of the Morning View Drive intersection as part of the City’s ongoing PCH Bike Route Improvements Project.

The lane closure will be continuous and is scheduled to last approximately 72 hours. All travel lanes are anticipated to be open for the traveling public by early morning on Friday, August 15. Motorists are advised to use Busch Drive or Guernsey Avenue to access Morning View Drive and the surrounding streets.

Work on the first phase of the PCH Bike Route Improvements Project at the intersection of Morning View Drive and PCH began on July 7 and is anticipated to last until August 19, 2014, when school is scheduled to resume.

Improvements to the PCH/Morning View Drive intersection include the construction of a northbound right turn lane, traffic signal modifications, bus stop relocation, paving, striping, improvements to the bike route, drainage, and sidewalk work. Together these improvements will serve to improve the flow of traffic at this intersection.

The second phase of the PCH Bike Route Improvements Project includes intersection improvements at PCH and Trancas Canyon Road, the installation of a bike lane and shoulder work improvements on the ocean side of the highway in the Zuma Beach area, and signage and striping improvements to the existing bike route on PCH between Busch Drive and the western City limits. The Phase II work is scheduled to begin after Labor Day and is anticipated to be completed in Fall 2014.

Funding for this project has been provided by Metro, a grant from the federal Highway Safety Improvements Program, and the City of Malibu.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Freeway Progress in Burbank: I-5 HOV Magnolia Blvd. to SR-134 Project

Crews smooth out freshly poured concrete along southbound I-5
Construction crews are currently pouring concrete to construct the shoulders of southbound I-5 from Magnolia Boulevard to the Verdugo Avenue off-ramp.  

Also, crews are pouring concrete for the Verdugo bridge widening alongside northbound I-5 between Providencia Avenue bridge and Verdugo Avenue bridge.

Motorists should expect intermittent closures of the southbound I-5 Verdugo Ave. on-ramp.  No freeway lane closures are expected for this project. 

The overall project is 58 percent complete and is expected to finish in late 2016.

For information about other I-5 North projects, please visit: www.i-5info.com

For other matters not pertaining to I-5 construction projects, please visit: www.dot.ca.gov/dist07
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Driving Tips



Taking a road trip this summer? A few hours of prep now might save you from being stranded on the side of the road, a big repair bill and/or a ruined vacation. Whether you have longstanding travel plans, a last-minute road trip in mind, or you're sticking around town this summer, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) offers these summer travel tips to ensure you arrive safely and can enjoy your trip:

>> Plan, map and estimate the duration of your driving ahead of time and let others know your plans. You can estimate the cost of gas for your trip here.

>> Expect to encounter roadwork, delays and detours. Check planned lane closures and real-time traffic conditions before you leave so you can make smart choices about your route.

>> Check your tire air pressure, including the spare. Proper inflation and good tread can save money, time and lives.

>> Inspect the engine, battery, hoses, belts and fluids for wear and proper levels. Also, check the A/C.

>> Prepare an emergency roadside kit, including jumper cables, a flashlight and plenty of bottled water. See a complete list of items to include here.

>> Buckle up — every trip, every time.

>> If you have a flat tire, engine problems or a fender bender, drive out of traffic lanes and off the highway if possible. Freeway shoulders are not safe for repair work.

>> If you see a drunk or dangerous driver, call 911.

>> Never, EVER leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open. Even for a few seconds. Don't do it.

For more summer driving tips, visit the OTS website.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Closures on Pomona Freeway (SR-60) and Rosemead Boulevard (SR-19) for Local Event

Caltrans will close the following sections of SR-60 and SR-19 on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 for the Hard Summer Music Festival.  The closures are as follows:

4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Full closure of the east- and westbound SR-60 off-ramps to SR-19.

9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Full closure of north- and southbound SR-19 between San Gabriel Boulevard and Garvey Avenue.

Caltrans has issued an encroachment permit for the event.  Expect delays in these areas.  Signs will be posted for motorists’ convenience.  Please Slow for the Cone Zone and Move Over.

COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED ON PROPOSED REGULATIONS GOVERNING STATE ROUTE 710 PROPERTY SALES

Caltrans has extended the written comment period on the proposed regulations governing the State Route 710 property sales in order to give the public more time to understand and comment on this complex process. The originally scheduled deadline was Thursday, July 31. The new deadline is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2.

The proposed regulations will outline how surplus properties along the SR-710 corridor in Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno will be sold pursuant to state law. Caltrans is requesting the public’s input as it adopts regulations to sell surplus properties along the State Route 710 corridor.

Written comments must be received by Caltrans no later than 5 p.m. on September 2, 2014. These may be submitted by e-mail to Affordable_Sales_Program@dot.ca.gov; by fax to 916-654-6378; or by mail to:

Caltrans 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 also host another public hearing in El Sereno in August. Date, time and location will be posted in the near future.

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 web site (www.dot.ca.gov/dist07/business/710sales) 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 (www.oal.ca.gov/res/docs/pdf/notice/22z-2014.pdf) or Caltrans’ web site (www.dot.ca.gov/regulations.htm).