Monday, August 31, 2015

Your Great Idea Could Win You $25,000!


Got a great idea for improving transportation in California? It could win you $25,000!

Caltrans and two other state agencies are holding "$25K Find a New Way" innovation contests to improve government operations. The intent is to provide an opportunity for Californians to identify areas of improvement within state government and share their untapped expertise to create solutions. Each department has $25,000 to award. Submissions are due by October 13, 2015, and winners will be announced by December 31, 2015.

Check out the video below for more info. Contest details are available here

 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hollywood Freeway (US 101) Pavement Project from Downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood

Caltrans will continue to re-pave lanes on US 101, Friday, August 28.  Closures will occur on Friday and Saturday nights.  Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes. 

Upcoming Closures:
Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 31
Northbound US 101, Western Avenue to Cahuenga Boulevard

The timeframes for the closures are as follows:
Fridays and Saturdays: 
Up to one lane – 11 p.m. to 11 a.m.
Up to two lanes – 11 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Up to three lanes – 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.

Saturday and Sundays:
Up to one lane – 11 p.m. to 12 p.m.
Up to two lanes – 11 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Up to three lanes – 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Precast Jointed Concrete Pavement (PJCP) will be used at several locations within the project area.   PJCP panels are cast and cured at a plant off-site and then trucked to the construction location and installed using a crane to help reduce closure times and maintenance costs. 

So far, 58 of the 62 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramps have been completed and 48 of the on- and off-ramps in the project area have been repaved with rubberized hot mix asphalt.  

This $19.26 million project was awarded to OHL USA Inc. from Irvine, California. The project is funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) and is expected to finish by the end of 2016. 

The California Highway Patrol will be on duty.  Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.

Ventura Freeway (US 101) Pavement Project in San Fernando Valley

Caltrans will continue repaving the Ventura Freeway (US 101) from the US 101/SR-134/SR-170 Interchange to the US 101/I-405 Interchange, Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 30.  Nearby residents may hear equipment noise as the crews replace the existing pavement.

Closures
Up to three lanes of northbound US 101, west of the 101/134/170 Interchange to the 101/405 Interchange will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Closures are subject to change. 

The purpose of this project is to preserve and extend the life of the existing pavement and improve ride quality on US 101 from the 101/134/170 Interchange in Sherman Oaks to Los Virgenes Road in Calabasas.  

The pavement on north- and southbound US 101, connectors, and ramps will be rehabilitated by using rubberized hot mix asphalt, Portland concrete cement, and pre-cast concrete slabs.  The existing metal beam guardrail (metal and wood barriers) will also be replaced to enhance safety.  

This $62 million contract was awarded to Myers and Sons Construction, LP of Sacramento, California.  The project is funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program.  The project is expected to finish in fall 2016.  

Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top Questions About Caltrans Answered (As Posed by Google’s Auto-Complete)


What burning questions do people have about Caltrans? We have a pretty good sense of what the public wants to know based on decades of experience, but Google provides its own unique perspective on the mass mind, as only a search engine can. Type “Caltrans is” into the search box, and Google's auto-complete function will provide the following options reflecting the most common inquiries:

caltrans IS/EA
caltrans is the grapevine open
is caltrans hiring
is caltrans a government agency

What this tells us is that people googling information about Caltrans are often looking for project documents, info about road conditions, state jobs, or clarification about what, exactly, Caltrans is. Save your keystrokes, googlers! We’re going to enlighten you about all four auto-complete inquiries right here!

Caltrans IS/EA

IS/EA usually refers to an Initial Study/Environmental Assessment, a document that examines impacts of a proposed transportation project. You can find these on the Caltrans website here.

Caltrans is the grapevine open

We get asked about the Grapevine a LOT during winter storms, and indeed, it’s typically closed a few times every year, though not for long. The Caltrans QuickMap is a great way to check real-time road conditions and traffic. You also follow us on Twitter at @CaltransDist7. We tweet Grapevine closures and all major incidents to keep you informed.

Is Caltrans hiring

Yes! Caltrans openings are here. You can also visit the California Department of Human Resources website to get information about vacancies in state agencies throughout California, including Caltrans.

Is Caltrans a government agency

Yes! Caltrans has been moving the people of California for more than 100 years, evolving from a loosely connected web of footpaths and rutted wagon routes to a sophisticated system that serves the transportation needs of more than 30 million residents. Today, Caltrans manages more than 50,000 miles of California's highway and freeway lanes, provides inter-city rail services, permits more than 400 public-use airports and special-use hospital heliports, and works with local agencies. More information about the department is here.

Need more info about Caltrans? If Google doesn’t deliver, you can always call us at (213) 897-3656.

Friday, August 21, 2015

You’re Invited: Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Workshop

Caltrans invites you to participate in the FY16/17 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Workshop, to be held August 27, 2015, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Southern California Association of Governments (818 West Seventh Street 12th Floor Los Angeles).
These grants are intended to support the multi-modal transportation system of the future and improve accessibility for all people.

The FY 16/17 combined grant amount available statewide is $9.8 million, and all funding for these grant programs are available on a competitive basis. There are two kinds of grants:

Strategic Partnerships Grants: Encourage regional agencies to partner with Caltrans to identify and address statewide/interregional transportation deficiencies in the state highway system, strengthen government-to-government coordination, and result in programmed system improvements that achieve the State’s overarching goals. Interested sub-recipients may also partner with their regional agencies for this grant.

Sustainable Communities Grants: Funds transportation planning to identify and address mobility deficiencies in the multi-modal transportation system, encourage stakeholder collaboration, involve active public engagement, integrate Smart Mobility 2010 concepts, and ultimately result in programmed system improvements, and achieve the Caltrans Mission and overarching objectives.

All interested applicants should plan to attend the workshop to learn about the application process and eligibility requirements.

Workshop Locations via SCAG Regional Satellite Offices

Ventura County Office: 950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, 93003,
(805) 642-2800 

San Bernardino Office: 1170 W. 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, 92410,
(909) 806-3556 

Riverside Office: 3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, 92501, (951) 784-1513
Orange County Office: 600 S. Main Street, Suite 906, Orange, 92863,
(714) 542-3687 

Imperial County Office: 1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, 92243, (760) 353-7800)

Coachella Valley (CVAG Site): 73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 200, Palm Desert, CA 92260, (760) 346-1127

If you're planning to attend through a satellite office, please send an email to Karen Aceves at: aceves@scag.ca.gov.

More information about the grants and workshop is here.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hollywood Freeway (US 101) Pavement Project from Downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood

Caltrans will continue to re-pave lanes on US 101 Hollywood, Friday, August 14. Closures will occur on Friday and Saturday nights.  Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes. 

Upcoming Closures:
Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 23
Northbound US 101, Normandie Avenue to Sunset Boulevard

The timeframes for the closures are as follows:
Fridays and Saturdays: 
Up to one lane – 11 p.m. to 11 a.m.
Up to two lanes – 11 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Up to three lanes – 1 a.m. to 7a.m.

Saturday and Sundays:
Up to one lane – 11 p.m. to 12 p.m.
Up to two lanes – 11 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Up to three lanes – 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Precast Jointed Concrete Pavement (PJCP) will be used at several locations within the project area.   PJCP panels are cast and cured at a plant off-site and then trucked to the construction location and installed using a crane to help reduce closure times and maintenance costs. 

So far, 58 of the 62 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramps have been completed and 48 of the on- and off-ramps in the project area have been repaved with rubberized hot mix asphalt.  

This $19.26 million project was awarded to OHL USA Inc. from Irvine, California. The project is funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) and is expected to finish by the end of 2016. 

The California Highway Patrol will be on duty.  Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Water-Wise Caltrans: Smart Investments Slash Water Use

Drought-tolerant landscaping along I-10 in Fontana.
In response to California's drought, Caltrans has set ambitious water conservation goals: cutting water use by 50 percent — a 25 point increase over Governor Brown’s mandate. The department is well on its way to meeting that goal, consuming 61 percent less water in the first two quarters of this year than in the first two quarters of 2013. That’s a two-billion gallon savings.

We’ve come a long way in a relatively short time. In 1990, Caltrans used 13.4 billion gallons of water to irrigate 17,000 landscaped acres. In stark contrast, Caltrans last year used less than 5 billion gallons of water to irrigate almost twice as much acreage.

We’re achieving such significant savings by investing in things such as “smart” irrigation controllers, which automatically adjust watering to weather conditions and soil moisture, and in new pipelines to get non-potable water to our planting sites. Every gallon of recycled water that’s used is a gallon of drinking water saved. Our watering already consists of 17 percent non-potable water and we’re working with regional water districts to get that number much higher.

Over the years, we have invested $1.4 billion in our landscaping, and it would cost more than that to replace it all. This landscaping keeps our roadsides from eroding, protects water quality, reduces fire risk and keeps the roads free of dirt and debris. It makes sense, then, that we do what it takes to it healthy and water-wise.

Caltrans water conservation efforts extend beyond the freeways and highways to the department’s facilities. Check out the video below to see a water-saving project at Caltrans Equipment Shop 3 in Marysville.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hollywood Freeway (US 101) Pavement Project from Downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood


Caltrans will continue to re-pave lanes on US 101 Hollywood, Friday, August 14. Closures will occur on Friday and Saturday nights.  Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes. 

Upcoming Closures:
Friday, August 14 to Sunday, August 16
Northbound US 101, Normandie Avenue to Highland Avenue

The timeframes for the closures are as follows:
Fridays and Saturdays: 
Up to one lane – 11 p.m. to 11 a.m.
Up to two lanes – 11 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Up to three lanes – 1 a.m. to 7a.m.

Saturday and Sundays:
Up to one lane – 11 p.m. to 12 p.m.
Up to two lanes – 11 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Up to three lanes – 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Precast Jointed Concrete Pavement (PJCP) will be used at several locations within the project area.   PJCP panels are cast and cured at a plant off-site and then trucked to the construction location and installed using a crane to help reduce closure times and maintenance costs. 

So far, 58 of the 62 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramps have been completed and 48 of the on- and off-ramps in the project area have been repaved with rubberized hot mix asphalt.  

This $19.26 million project was awarded to OHL USA Inc. from Irvine, California. The project is funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) and is expected to finish by the end of 2016. 

The California Highway Patrol will be on duty.  Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.



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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Caltrans Celebrates 25th Anniversary of ADA, Reaffirms Commitment to Improving Access


As the nation and California commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Caltrans is celebrating the progress that has been made and recommitting to its efforts to allocate $1.1 billion over 30 years to improve access on its sidewalks and other pedestrian facilities for persons with disabilities.

Since the early 1990s, Caltrans has been improving sidewalk access through its roadway and bridge rehabilitation programs. In 2010, Caltrans committed to: 

Developing and designing projects totaling $1.1 billion over the next 30 years to improve pedestrian access. Caltrans’ goal is to remove more than 1,500 pedestrian access barriers each year. 

Ensuring that each new construction or rehabilitation project addresses access barriers as part of that project. 

Revising design guidance to ensure that any maintenance projects performed by Caltrans adjacent to pedestrian facilities, such as sidewalks, include the installation or upgrade of curb ramps.  Additionally, in cases where projects include work on lanes and shoulders that would be used by pedestrians, Caltrans must ensure they comply with accessibility requirements. 
 
Caltrans also created the ADA Infrastructure Program in 2010 as a single statewide focal point for infrastructure-related ADA compliance issues. This program’s primary functions are to develop and coordinate guidelines and policy improvements. For example, starting in 2011, Caltrans made it easier for people with disabilities and the public to let it know which access barriers are of greatest concern through Caltrans’ online access request form. As a result, the department has removed more than 400 access barriers based on public requests. 

Caltrans also formed the Caltrans Access Advisory Committee (CTAAC), which includes members from various ADA organizations statewide, to provide input on the department's policies, practices, procedures, project priorities and methods of communications with departmental divisions and community advocates.

More information about Caltrans' ADA program is here.



Friday, August 7, 2015

SR-18 Overhead Bridge in Llano At County Line CLOSED For Construction

Caltrans will close SR-18 at the County Line Overhead Bridge in Llano starting August 10, for the duration of the project to replace the bridge deck including joint seals and bridge railings.

Local businesses will remain open throughout the course of construction; however minor delays in traffic and access are anticipated. Detours will be posted.

This pavement rehabilitation project will preserve and extend the life of the overhead bridge, improve the ride quality, enhance safety and minimize the need for further lane closures.  Completion is estimated for summer 2016.  MCM Construction of Bloomington, California is the contractor on this $3.1 million project.

Caltrans advises motorists to please Be Work Zone Alert. 

Behind the K-Rail: Concrete Pour for Sonora Ave. Bridge Deck in Glendale

If you were commuting on I-5 in Glendale yesterday morning, August 6, you may have noticed the concrete mixers and crews at work on the Sonora Avenue overcrossing. The construction team was pouring concrete for the new bridge deck. No lanes were closed to complete the operation. All work was done behind the installed k-rail. Check out the video below to see the pour process up close.

The concrete pour is part of a project that is constructing new carpool lanes on I-5 between SR-134 and Magnolia Boulevard.

Get more information about the project here.

Check out next week's construction activities and closures here.

Sign up to receive weekly advisories about the project here.

Send us a question about the project here.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Topanga Canyon Boulevard (SR-27) Closures for Safety Enhancement Project in Topanga

Caltrans will have intermittent closures on SR-27 as part of a safety enhancement project on SR-27 from Mulholland Drive to Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1).  Crews will install new reflectors or Botts’ dots, re-stripe lanes, and grind a narrow groove along the stripe line to enhance safety along the highway.

There will be intermittent closures on the following days on SR-27:

Thursday, August 6 – 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Friday, August 7 – 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Saturday, August 8 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.    
Sunday, August 9 – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.*
Monday, August 10 - 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.*   
*If necessary 

Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes.  Flaggers will be in place.  The California Highway Patrol will be on duty.  Remember to Be Work Zone Alert.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Behind the K-Rail: Concrete Pour for Bridge Deck


Ever wonder how crews construct a new bridge deck? Wonder no longer! The video below shows the construction team pouring the deck for the new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. overcrossing over Highway 99 in Stockton. The pour took about 10 hours and 500 cubic yards of concrete. For comparison purposes, the bed of an average full-size pickup is about 2.5 cubic yards. See the crew in action below. (And check out more Caltrans videos here!)