Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Full Freeway Closures on I-210 in Pasadena: Nights of Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 1-2

A worker smooths new pavement as part of the I-210 Pavement and Slab Replacement Project.
If you use I-210 in the Pasadena area at night, take note: there are full freeway closures coming up the nights of October 28-29 and November 1-2. The closures, which affect only a short segment of the freeway, are needed to protect motorists and workers while pavement grinding is underway. Signed detours will be posted. Details below. 

Nights of Wednesday, October 28, and Thursday, October 29

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

WORK AREA: westbound I-210 to the westbound I-210 connector

DETOUR: You will be detoured off westbound I-210 at Fair Oaks Blvd. Go north on Fair Oaks Blvd. and then west on Mountain St. to access the westbound I-210 on-ramp. 

Nights of Sunday, November 1, and Monday, November 2

TIME: 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

WORK AREA: eastbound I-210 to the eastbound I-210 tunnel

DETOUR: You will be detoured off eastbound I-210 at Colorado Blvd. Go east to Walnut St., and then east on Corson St. to access the eastbound I-210 on-ramp. 

More info is herePlease anticipate delays, plan ahead, and use alternate routes. Construction and closure schedules are subject to change.

The work is part of the $148.5 million I-210 Pavement and Slab Replacement Project between the Dunsmore Avenue undercrossing and the North Los Robles Avenue overcrossing. More info about the project is here.

Please help us make sure our workers stay safe and go home to their families after their shifts. Remember to be work zone alert and slow for the cone zone! 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wave Breaker Construction and Shoreline Restoration Begins Along Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1)

Eroded slopes, looking west along PCH in Malibu
Caltrans will begin constructing a wave breaker (rock slope protection) and restoring the shoreline on the ocean side slopes of Las Tunas Canyon Beach along eastbound Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) east of Big Rock Road on Wednesday, October 28.  The 1,600 foot-long and 20 to 30 feet-tall wave breaker will protect slopes and shoreline that were eroded by high tides that were caused by hurricanes in Mexico last September.  The erosion could potentially undermine the highway.  The project is expected to finish in April 2016.

Sea wall installed September 2014.
The majority of construction will be performed behind temporary concrete barriers.  When lanes closures are necessary, one lane in each direction will be closed between Pena Road and Big Rock Drive, during the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and if night work occurs, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Friday.  The contractor expects to work Monday through Sunday.  Additionally, work hours and duration will be affected by the tide and possible El Niño related storms.

Motorists and residents should expect occasional delays on the highway and noise from heavy equipment and boulders being dumped to build the wave breaker.  The majority of work will take place behind concrete barriers along the highway and the construction area will be unavailable to cyclists and pedestrians.  
Snap shot of what the wave breaker (rock slope protection) will look like
To protect utility lines from large waves a smaller 50 foot-wide concrete wave breaker was constructed within the limits of this project last September. 

Project limits
Nordic Industries of Olivehurst, California was awarded this $8.2 million contract that is funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program.

Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Caltrans Goes Airborne! Inside the Divison of Aeronautics

You probably know Caltrans as the department that builds, operates and maintains the highway and freeway system in California. But did you know that we also permit and inspect airports and helipads?

Check out the video below for an up-close and airborne look at the Division of Aeronautics as they inspect more than 400 public-use airports and hospital heliports annually to ensure airport safety across the state. You can also learn more about the division here.

Monday, October 12, 2015

CicLAvia is Coming to the Heart of LA This Sunday!

Got weekend plans yet? You do now!

CicLAvia celebrates its fifth year with the classic Heart of LA route this Sunday, October 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you’ve never been, CicLAvia is a free event that catalyzes vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free streets. It’s an experience, not a race, and fun for the whole family. No registration is required and there’s no starting or ending point. All you need to do is show up somewhere along the route (see map here), travel any direction you like by foot, bike, board or other non-motorized transportation, and most important, have fun!

The six-mile Heart of LA route will take you through Boyle Heights, the Arts District, Little Tokyo, Civic Center, Chinatown, Historic Core and as far west as Macarthur Park. And there are activities galore along the route, which has four hubs: Hollenbeck Park, Grand Park, Chinatown and MacArthur Park. Each hub offers CicLAvia information and merchandise, food trucks, bike parking, bike repair, free water, restrooms, sponsor booths, and first aid stations.

More info about CicLAvia is here. Hope to see you there! 

Innovative Concrete Will Speed I-5 Rio Hondo Bridge Repairs

District 7 will use an innovative, rapid-set concrete mix over 2 weekends in October to speed repairs to the I-5 freeway bridge that was damaged in a fire this past July. This mix will cure in 6 hours instead of 36 hours, allowing the road to be closed for a shorter period. This mixture hardens quickly but cannot experience any vibrations during curing or it may crack requiring crews to rip it out and start over, so the freeway must be completely closed.

Standards have changed since the 62 year-old bridge was built and structural elements were not required to the tied to the superstructure. Shear studs will be installed to prevent this from happening again. Fences will also be installed to prevent access underneath the structure.

I-5 between Slauson Avenue and Paramount Boulevard will be completely closed Saturday nights October 17 and 24 beginning at 11 p.m. and re-opening Sunday mornings as late as 10 a.m., depending on the direction and date.

Full and partial freeway, ramp and connector closures can be found on

Thursday, October 8, 2015

I-5 Fully Closed in Burbank Early Sunday Morning

If you plan to travel on I-5 in Burbank at night this weekend, this post is for you. Starting very early Sunday morning — that’s October 11, 2015, from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. — I-5 will be fully closed in both directions from Hollywood Way to Burbank Boulevard. Reason for the closure: to allow Burbank Water and Power to safely relocate overhead power lines. 

The on- and off-ramps between Hollywood Way and Burbank Boulevard will be closed as well. Southbound I-5 motorists will be diverted at Hollywood Way and northbound I-5 motorists will be diverted at Burbank Boulevard. A signed detour will be posted.

For more information about construction on I-5, check out, and while you’re there, sign up to receive closure and construction updates.

Angeles Crest Highway (SR-2) Closure Near Wrightwood For Repairs

The Angeles Crest Highway (SR-2) has been closed 5 miles west of Big Pines Road to Islip Saddle (refer to the map below) since early September when heavy rains caused several rock and debris slides that damaged drains and the roadway.  The closure is expected to remain in place until May 2016.  This section of  highway closes on a yearly basis from fall to winter due to severe avalanches, ice, and rock slides.

The slides significantly damaged the storm drains along the highway that channel water out and away from the highway.  If the drains are covered with debris and become incapacitated during heavy El Niño storms, it is possible for water and debris to significantly damage the highway.

Caltrans is working with the US Forest Service and other regulatory agencies to complete the permitting process so that a contractor can begin repairs on the highway.  

For questions about trails and campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, please call (626) 574-1613 or visit: 

From Caltrans Quickmap


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Easy Ways to Stay In the Know About I-5 Construction

Anyone who commutes on I-5 knows that there is a LOT of freeway construction underway. Most of the work involves widening for carpool lanes, but there are other improvements in progress as well: new interchanges, ramp reconfigurations, grade separations, bike lanes, and much more. The work is concentrated in two areas: I-5 in the Glendale/Burbank area, and between I-605 and the Orange County line. 

Freeway construction, of course, means closures and detours and sometimes delays. But it doesn’t have to mean surprises. We provide a number of tools to help you stay informed about what's happening on I-5 so you can make smart choices about your commuting options: This site offers one-stop shopping for all things I-5—construction info, closure lists, photos, maps and more.

The weekly advisory: Sign up here to receive a weekly email advisory about upcoming closures and construction activities on I-5.

@My5LA: The I-5 Twitter feed. News you need about construction activity on I-5 in bite-size chunks. 

QuickMap: The Caltrans QuickMap provides real-time traffic info that shows you where the trouble spots are so you can plan your route accordingly. 

Planned Closure Lists: This tool allows you to check lane, ramp and connector closures throughout District 7 (Los Angeles and Ventura counties).

Still have questions? Call us anytime on the I-5 Info Line at (855) 454-6335. Please note that this line is for I-5 construction questions only. For all other questions, call Public Affairs at (213) 897-3656.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Rio Hondo Bridge Repair

Beginning October 16 Caltrans will begin repairs on the Rio Hondo Bridge that was damaged by fire. 
Structural engineers found that heat from the flames warped 8 girders, peeled the paint on 13 steel girders, sheared off bolts on the lateral steel supports, damaged bearings and delaminated concrete.  The damage was mostly concentrated under southbound lanes.

Construction is scheduled in two stages. Stage 1, which consists of replacing the bridge deck of southbound I-5 lanes 3 and 4. Stage 2 is scheduled to start on October 23 to replace the bridge deck on southbound I-5 lanes 1 and 2 and northbound I-5 lane 1.

This project will require future closures.