Monday, October 24, 2016

Caltrans Asks Motorists to “Protect Every Drop” as Rain Rolls In

Grab your umbrella! It's actually raining! That means it's the perfect time to remind you about Caltrans' “Protect Every Drop” campaign, which offers five simple ways to help keep our waterways clean by reducing pollution on our state highways. 
Rain washes auto fluids and grime off vehicles and onto highways. This polluted stormwater often ends up in California's streams, rivers and coastal waters. Help keep waterways drinkable, swimmable and fishable by following these five simple tips to help reduce stormwater pollution:

1. Keep your tires properly inflated. It decreases wear, improves gas mileage and makes tires less susceptible to blowouts. 

2. Stay on top of regular vehicle maintenance. Fixing leaks helps prevent vehicle fluids from dripping onto highways and into waterways. 

3. Keep your vehicle clean. Use a car wash facility that recycles water to get dirt and grime off vehicles before they end up in storm drains.

4. Properly dispose of trash and recycling. Properly dispose of trash and recycling before they fly from a window or truck bed and into a storm drain. 

5. Tarp and tie down loads. When hauling loads, make sure that items are properly secured with tarps and tie-downs so they don’t fly out of truck beds.

By following these simple tips you can help keep California’s precious water clean. 

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Three I-5 Construction Milestones in Burbank

Anyone who lives or works in Burbank can't help but notice the tremendous amount of construction underway on I-5 in the area. Crews are working day and nightand reaching important project milestones. Three, in particular, have been completed or will be completed in October and November. Read on for details.

1. Burbank Western Channel Cap

Crews completed capping the Burbank Western Channel earlier this month. The cap is necessary to create space for the new Empire Avenue interchange and undercrossing, which will open to traffic in 2018. Here's the channel when it was under construction in 1959:

Here's the channel mid-capping:

And here's what it looks like with the cap in place:

2. Providencia Bridge Girder Erection

Crews are busy widening the Providencia bridge to make room for new carpool lanes on I-5. Here's a shot of what a girder erection operation looks like:

Erecting the girders for the bridge requires using a large crane. To keep motorists safe during the operation, a series of nighttime full closures of northbound and southbound I-5 is underway as well as intermittent closures of Flower Street. More info about the closures is here. Here's a detour map for the I-5 closures:

3. Opening of the Victory Place Pedestrian Overcrossing

Good news! The new pedestrian overcrossing on Victory Place over Empire Avenue will open in November. This is an important milestone for anyone who walks to the Empire Center from points north of Empire Avenue. You'll now have a much more direct route, making it easier to pick up a quick cup of coffee or burger at lunchtime. The sidewalk in this area has been closed for some time to allow the contractor to construct the new Empire Avenue undercrossing. Here's what that looks like: 

And here's the new pedestrian overcrossing taking shape back in August:

And last week:

We expect to have the overcrossing open just in time for holiday shopping in November. 

Friendly reminder: Please don't hop over the concrete barriers or move construction fencing in this area. Construction sites are very dangerous (even for the crews who work in them daily), and we don't want anyone to get hurt. 

More information on the I-5 projects in Burbank is here and here

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Nighttime Full Closures of I-5 in Burbank Begin Oct. 17

Between October 17 and November 3, 2016, nighttime full freeway closures will be implemented on northbound and southbound I-5 between Alameda Avenue and Orange Grove Avenue in Burbank (less than a mile) from midnight to 4 a.m. Both directions will NOT be closed at the same time. Closures will occur during weeknights only. The closures are necessary to keep motorists safe during a girder erection operation requiring a large crane.

Northbound closure dates: October 17-21, 24-28, 31

Southbound closure dates: November 1-3

Ramps within the construction zone will be closed as well.

Closure dates will be updated as necessary.

Detours: Signed detours (see map below and here) will be posted during each closure, as follows:

➤ Northbound Detour: Exit at eastbound Alameda Ave off-ramp; go east on Alameda Ave; north on Glenoaks Blvd; west on Olive Ave; north on 1st St; west on Orange Grove Ave to the on-ramp to northbound I-5.

➤ Southbound Detour: Exit at Burbank Blvd off-ramp; south on Front St; east on Verdugo Ave; south on San Fernando Blvd; west on Alameda Ave to the on-ramp to southbound I-5.

Monday, October 10, 2016

EastLAJam Pt. 1 Finished, Next Jam Oct. 28

The EastLAJam, according to our traffic engineers, it was not too much of a real jam. 

Previous post about the #EastLAJam.

There were typical delays due to the lane closures in the project area.  For the most part, motorists experienced relatively minor traffic delays.  
East LA Jam, SB 710, Olympic Bl. Bridge Fix 10/9/2016
Gallery of the EastLAJam Olympic Bl. bridge concrete pour

Traffic along the detour route flowed well.  Caltrans traffic operations engineers adjusted the signals at the on- and off-ramps in the project area and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works adjusted traffic signals on local streets along the detour route.

Remember, this is only the first part of the EastLAJam, one have one more jam session to go. 

Session II
Friday, October 28 to Sunday, October 30
Full freeway closure: SR-60 connector to Olympic Boulevard off-ramp, Friday, October 28 – 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Two lanes closed:  Saturday, October 29 – 3 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Full freeway closure:  SR-60 connector to Olympic Boulevard off-ramp, Sunday, October 30 – Midnight to 10 a.m.

Full freeway closure: At Olympic Boulevard, Sunday, October 30 – Midnight to 6 a.m.

Related Closures: 
Northbound I-5 to northbound I-710
East- and westbound SR-60 to southbound I-710 connector
Southbound I-710 to southbound I-5 connector
Third Street on-ramp
Cesar Chavez Avenue on-ramp

Signed detours will be in place.  Motorists should expect delays.  The California Highway Patrol will be on duty.  Please Be Work Zone Alert #BWZA.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Most Common Cause of Accidents Is ... YOU!

It's true—the most common cause of accidents is you ... ok, not you personally, but drivers themselves. Not the road. Not the weather. Not other drivers. Not the yeti that ran out of the woods and scampered in front of your car. You.

Science says so. New studies are indicating that the root cause of traffic crashes has shifted dramatically in recent years, with driver-related factors such as fatigue, driver error, impairment and distraction present in 94 percent of crashes. In other words, only 6 out of 100 crashes are a result of something other than what the driver did or failed to do. This would be your sink holes, your freak hail storms, your scampering yetis. 

So the safety message here is an empowering one: In the overwhelming majority of situations, YOU have the power to keep yourself and your passengers safe. You already know how to do that: Don't drink and drive, don't text and drive, don't apply eyeliner and drive, don't drive sleepy, don't drive angry, don't drive with two shih tzus on your lap, don't drive too fast for conditions, absolutely don't drag race, don't menace bicyclists and pedestrians, don't use your car as a tool to vent intractable frustrations in various areas of your personal and professional life, etc. DO drive smart! If you need a refresher on how to do that (and it IS Drive Safely Work Week, so why not), check out and the video below.

Remember, safety starts with YOU!