Tuesday, April 11, 2017

UPDATE*** Long-Term Lane and Ramp Closures on Foothill Freeway I-210 Rehabilitation Pavement Project

The pavement rehabilitation project occurring on Foothill Freeway (I-210) will move on its way to the next section of the freeway. Caltrans will close one lane on eastbound I-210 beginning April 17, from Ocean View Boulevard to Lincoln Avenue as crews begin to replace damaged pavement. This lane closure will remain in effect through winter 2017.

Along with the lane closure, long term ramp closures will be taking place:

·         Beginning April 11 through June 2017: Westbound I-210 Ocean View Boulevard on-ramp and La Crescenta Avenue off-ramp will be closed
·         Beginning April 24 through June 2017: Eastbound I-210 Berkshire Place on-ramp and Arroyo Boulevard off-ramp will be closed

Plan ahead, consider alternate routes, and check traffic conditions before traveling! Use Caltrans Quickmap: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov
Construction projects occasionally require temporary closures and changes to the area. These closures are part of a $148.5 million pavement rehabilitation project, where improvements are being made on I-210 between Glendale and Pasadena. Construction crews will excavate damaged pavement and place pre-made concrete slabs to provide a smoother drive for motorists and minimize the need for further lane closures in the future.

Pictures captured on 03.29.17
Construction crews excavating old concrete and placing pre-made concrete slabs on westbound I-210, between Ocean View boulevard and La Crescenta Avenue.

Friday, April 7, 2017

A new step for pedestrians on State Route 1

This Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon, also referred to as a HAWK beacon, was installed by Caltrans in March 2017 on
State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles
The Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon remains dark until it is activated by a pedestrian. First, the beacon
displays a flashing yellow warning, followed by a solid yellow, and then a solid red on two lenses.
The beacon is shown in use as a pedestrian crosses State Route 1 on March 30, 2017.

A new type of crosswalk beacon has been installed by Caltrans on State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The system is popularly known as a HAWK beacon (the acronym is derived from High-intensity Activated crossWalK).  More precisely, it is referred to as a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB).

The installation is designed to provide superior awareness and enhanced safety when pedestrians use the crosswalk.

This is the second PHB in operation that was installed by Caltrans District 7, which includes the counties of Los Angeles and Ventura.  The first is on State Route 1 at Second Street in the city of Manhattan Beach.

When a pedestrian activates the button, the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon uses flashing and solid lights to instruct drivers to stop.  As seen from a driver’s point of view, the configuration of the PHB consists of two red lenses side-by-side over a single yellow lens.

As described in a 2010 study by the Federal Highway Administration, the phase sequence is as follows:

The unit is dark until it is activated by a pedestrian. When pedestrians want to cross the street, they press a button that activates the warning flashing yellow….

After a set amount of time, the indication changes to a solid yellow light to inform drivers to prepare to stop. The device then displays a dual solid red light for drivers … and a walking person symbol (symbolizing WALK) for the pedestrians.
The beacon then displays an alternating flashing red light, and pedestrians are shown a flashing upraised hand (symbolizing DON’T WALK) with a countdown display advising them of the time left to cross. During the alternating flashing red operation, drivers can proceed after coming to a full stop and checking that pedestrians have already crossed their lane of travel.

The new PHB was installed in March 2017 on SR-1 north of Temescal Canyon Boulevard near Palisades Bowl Mobile Home Park.

Here is how the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon works for drivers and pedestrians, step by step.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

State Route 23 (Decker Road) Closed for Rock Scaling


MALIBU — A segment of State Route 23 (Decker Road) in the city of Malibu is closed for several days this week as crews work on slopes along the highway, removing and hauling away rocks that were loosened by erosion during severe storms in January.

Crews also will remove other unstable slope material and install wire mesh anchored with rock bolts to prevent future slides.

The full closure is being conducted nonstop, around the clock, beginning today and is scheduled to end by approximately 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, weather permitting. The schedule is subject to change. Limited access for emergency vehicles, deliveries and residents in the closed area will be provided when safely possible.

Following the full closure, limited closures will be in effect daily between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. through March, with only a single lane available for all vehicles. Flaggers will direct drivers while the one-way traffic control is in effect.
Until the project is completed, drivers using SR-23 in that area should expect lengthy delays. Caltrans strongly advises drivers to use other routes if possible. The work is estimated to continue through March.

The full closure is occurring this week on a section of the two-lane SR-23 between State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) and post mile 1.55, north of Decker Edison Road.

Access Limited Construction Co. of San Luis Obispo County is the contractor on the approximately $2 million emergency project.

Flagging is scheduled to occur seven days a week from Feb. 4 to Feb. 12, and on a Monday-to-Friday basis from Feb. 13 until the project is finished.
Caltrans urges motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert” and “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Paramount Blvd. Bridge Restoration: 55-hour Ramp Closures

Caltrans will close the westbound SR-60 on- and off-ramps, and the eastbound off-ramp 8 p.m. Friday, January 27 to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 29 as part of the Paramount Boulevard Bridge Restoration Project so that construction crews can repave the ramps.  

Motorists may experience delays and should consider alternate routes.
Caltrans is restoring of the Paramount Boulevard bridge above the Pomona Freeway (SR-60) by realigning and upgrading two cloverleaf ramps to current standards, constructing sidewalks, and adding pedestrian ramps that meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards.  Three retaining walls will be constructed along the westbound on- and off-ramps, and along the westbound on-ramp near the intersection of Paramount Boulevard and Neil Armstrong Street.  Additionally, all ramps will be intermittently closed the following Monday and Tuesday after the closure to perform remaining asphalt and striping work.