Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rebuilding California: Caltrans accelerating Fix-It-First projects ahead of SB 1 funding

Thanks to the passage of the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, or Senate Bill 1, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is able to begin work on hundreds of projects to upgrade roads, bridges, culverts and traffic management systems across the state sooner.

Back in October, the California Transportation Commision approved 90 "fix-it-first" transportation projects worth nearly $3.4 billion.

Most of the approximately $54 billion in funding from SB 1 to bolster California's transportation infrastructure over the next decade won't arrive until January 2018, but Caltrans is already getting started on projects in anticipation of that SB 1 funding, including more than two dozen locally in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

On Oct. 25, the first SB 1 related project in Los Angeles County was completed.

The $1.65 million project resurfaced about one lane mile of State Route 57 north of the Los Angeles/Orange County line near Brea to just north of State Route 60 in Diamond Bar. The work was started nearly a year ahead of schedule.

Repairs to concrete slabs on northbound State Route 57 near State Route 60 in Diamond Bar.


Repairs to concrete slabs on southbound State Route 57 near State Route 60 in Diamond Bar.
The State Route 57 pavement restoration project was one of two that started construction over the summer. The other project is a $2.6 million pavement preservation project on Interstate 605, between Interstate 10 and Interstate 210. It is scheduled to be completed in January 2018.

I-605 pavement project is scheduled to be completed in Jan. 2018.
"SB 1 is a significant investment that allows Caltrans to address maintenance needs, and continue to make improvements to a transportation network critical for the movement of goods and 10.5 million people in Los Angeles and Ventura counties," said Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen.

In addition to the projects on State Route 57 and I-605, other accelerated projects in Los Angeles and Ventura counties scheduled for construction in spring 2018 include:

  • A $5.4 million pavement preservation project to resurface nearly 22 miles of  State Route 1 between the cities of Long Beach and Hermosa Beach.
  • A $1.7 million pavement replacement project on a 5-mile section of Interstate 5 between Interstate 605 and just north of Washington Boulevard in the Commerce/Downey/Pico Rivera area of Los Angeles County.
  • A $2.7 million project to resurface nearly three miles of State Route 14 between Newhall Avenue and Friendly Valley Parkway, and at Interstate 5/S-R14 interchange in Los Angeles County.
  • A $2.8 million pavement preservation project to resurface various sections of State Route 23 between Los Angeles Avenue and the SR-23/U.S. 101 interchange in the cities of Moorpark and Thousand Oaks. 
A pavement preservation project on I-5 in Commerce/Downey/Pico Rivera area of Los Angeles County is scheduled to start construction in Spring 2018, three months ahead of schedule.

Section of Interstate 5 in Commerce/Downey area of Los Angeles County where work is planned in Spring 2018 to repave lanes
·      Over the next decade, Caltrans District 7 expects to receive $2.6 billion from SB 1 funding, with $2.4 billion allocated for Los Angeles County, and $227 million for Ventura County. 

SB 1 is a game changer for transportation agencies, providing funding for not just necessary repairs to state highways, but also for local streets and roads, trade corridors like routes in and out of California's ports, and traffic management systems to improve traffic flow and ease congestion.

"SB 1 will improve all modes of transportation in California," Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said. "It is imperative that we continue to invest in projects that ensure and expand the safety and availability of multiple transportation options."

Caltrans is committed to conduting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov./.

Together, we can help rebuild California.

Florence Avenue Bridge Over I-5 - Lane Switch Update

New lanes of the Florence Avenue Bridge over I-5 in Santa Fe Springs.
In Santa Fe Springs on the night of Monday, December 27, 2017 Caltrans will close Florence Avenue from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. Tuesday morning between Studebaker Road and Orr and Day Road to shift traffic onto the newly constructed half of the Florence Avenue Bridge over I-5.

Commuters will then be able to use two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane of the new bridge during construction of the second half of the bridge, expected to be complete by August of 2018. Demolition of the north half of the bridge will begin on the night of December 4, 2017.
This $215 million interchange reconstruction is part of the overall widening of I-5 between I-605 and the Orange County Line, including reconstruction of 14 bridges and pedestrian overcrossings.

The widening of the I-5 will reduce congestion, improve traffic flow, add carpool (HOV) lanes and reduce vehicle emissions. The expected completion of the overall I-5 project is late 2020.


This illustration shows the traffic lane design that will be in effect as of December 28, 2017. 



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Teamwork Builds A Community's Walking Path



Among those present at the dedication of the Wiseburn Walking Path on Sept. 9, 2017, were
(from left) Ed Siribohdi, senior landscape architect in the Caltrans District 7 Office of
Maintenance Engineering; Paul Lamond, senior right of way agent in the District 7 Division
of Right of Way; Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas; and District 7 Chief
Deputy Director Shirley Choate.
 
For years, residents in the Wiseburn community near I-405 (San Diego Freeway) in Los Angeles County wished for more recreational amenities in their neighborhood. Their wish came true in 2017 on land owned by Caltrans.


A walking path was developed for community use under a 10-year lease by Caltrans to the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.


Caltrans staff cooperated in several key areas with the Department of Parks and Recreation to make the vision a reality.


The Wiseburn Walking Path opened in September with a dedication ceremony attended by representatives of Caltrans, the County of Los Angeles and other agencies and organizations, and community members. 


Reclaimed water is used for irrigation along the pedestrian path, thanks
to a recycled water line Caltrans extended.
 
The Wiseburn Walking Path runs west of South La Cienega Boulevard from 130th Street to 139th Street.

The pedestrian path, made of decomposed gravel, is approximately three-quarters of a mile in length. It has a connection at 135th Street to the city of Hawthorne’s Glasgow Park, giving people an opportunity for combined use and longer walks.

The walking path is equipped with several fitness zone areas with exercise equipment, benches, security lighting and dog waste stations for the convenience of dog owners.

The trail is planted with native and drought-tolerant plant species in an effort to reduce watering. Colorful low-growing accent plant materials highlight the fitness zone areas.


Security lighting is solar powered to reduce energy consumption and support the goal of using renewable energy sources in county projects. Reclaimed water is used for irrigation.


Caltrans staff worked in a productive partnership with the county Department of Parks and Recreation. Ed Siribohdi, Caltrans senior landscape architect, and Toby MacElroy, Caltrans landscape associate, both in the District 7 Office of Maintenance Engineering, were involved in coordination from the planning stage, along with Paul Lamond from District 7 Division of Right of Way.

The Wiseburn Walking Path runs west of South La Cienega
Boulevard from 130th Street to 139th Street, parallel to 
I-405 (San Diego Freeway) in Los Angeles County. It is
about three-quarters of a mile in length.

Lamond and Gary George, both from the Division of Right of Way, drafted the lease agreement so the community could use the space.


During the last phase of construction, District 7 Division of Construction and Division of Maintenance helped in a various ways -- cleaning an adjacent Caltrans slope behind the walking path, extending a recycled water line for irrigation, and planting drought-tolerant plants.


In the Division of Construction, Gilbert Trujillo, Celia Banuelos and Leo Avila were instrumental in extending the recycled water line and irrigating the new planting. A smart controller was implemented to conserve water.


Caltrans’ Torrance Maintenance crew, along with contractor Sierra Landscape, assisted in cleaning the adjacent Caltrans area and planting the slope with drought tolerant plants.


“The successful Wiseburn Walking Path project took the team almost seven years, from planning to the agreement process and then construction,” Siribohdi said. He commended several individuals who were involved from start to finish, including the job superintendent for the project, Dore Burry of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps; the designer of the walking path, Lacey Withers of Withers & Sangren Landscape Architecture; and Andy Lopez with the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Caltrans Project Spotlight: I-210 Pavement Rehabilitation

For anyone who lives in Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridgethe La Crescenta-Montrose area of Glendale, or uses the I-210 (Foothill Freeway) corridor to access the San Fernando Valley, it is hard to miss the construction going on.

Since Spring 2015, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has been working with a contractor, Flat Iron West, Inc., on a $148.5 pavement rehabilitation project for a 9.7 mile section of I-210 from Dunsmore Avenue to North Los Robles Avenue in Pasadena.

Location of I-210 Pavement Rehabilitation Project
Most of the work is being done while many of us are asleep. With completion slated for next summer, the heavily trafficked corridor will provide a smoother drive for motorists and reduce the need for maintenance and further closures.

Here are some important closures to keep on your radar:

  • Westbound I-210 Berkshire Place on-ramp, Foothill Boulevard off-ramp
Since Oct. 31, both the westbound Berkshire on-ramp and Foothill Boulevard off-ramp are closed for up to 45 days for crews to pave road across from the ramps. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead and use the Berkshire off-ramp  as an alternate to access Foothill Boulevard.

The I-210 westbound Berkshire on-ramp and Foothill Boulevard off-ramp were closed Oct. 31.


The closures are weather permitting and subject to change, but our goal is to reopen both the Berkshire Place on-ramp and Foothill Boulevard off-ramp the week after Thanksgiving.

  • Westbound I-210 connector to California/Del Mar Boulevard/State Route 110
Since Oct. 30, the westbound I-210 connector to access California and Del Mar Boulevards and State Route 110 has been closed during the week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. At this time, crews are installing permanent lighting in the tunnel to enhance visibility. This work is expected to continue through the month of November.

Once this work is complete, they switch to the eastbound connector and install permanent lighting in the two tunnels motorists travel through heading into Pasadena. A start date and time for that work is to be determined.
The westbound I-210 connector to Del Mar/California Boulevard/State Route 110 will be closed during the week to install permanent tunnel lighting.
  • Overnight lane, on/off-ramp and connector closures
Various lanes, connectors and on/off-ramps along I-210 from Lowell Avenue to Walnut Street will be closed intermittently 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Saturday, for the duration of the project.

These closures are needed for pavement work on the outside lanes, and installing new guardrail and sign structures.

Certain closures may start later Friday night and extend until 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

For the latest traffic information, including closures, you can use the Caltrans QuickMap online, or download the QuickMap app for free on any iPhone or Android device.

  • Future Work/Extended Closures
Starting next week, Caltrans will close the eastbound I-210 Ocean View Boulevard on-ramp for up to 45 days so crews can pave the road across from the ramp.

The remaining extended ramp closures through the spring will be mostly eastbound from Ocean View Boulevard to Walnut Street, as the work shifts towards Pasadena.

For the latest information about the project, you can visit the Caltrans I-210 Pavement Rehabilitation Project web page here.

Overnight work on Hawthorne Boulevard (State Route 107) in Torrance approaching final stretch

Crews are getting closer and closer to completing pavement work on a stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard (State Route 107) in Torrance.

Since early October, R.J. Noble Company of Orange has been repaving both directions of Hawthorne Boulevard between Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) and Fashion Way, adjacent to Del Amo Fashion Center.
The area where pavement work is being done on Hawthorne Boulevard (State Route 107).
Crews began work on the northbound section of Hawthorne Boulevard between Sepulveda Boulevard and Fashion Way, before moving to the southbound side.
Pavement work on northbound Hawthorne Boulevard.
Right now, crews are working on the second section, from Sepulveda Boulevard to Pacific Coast Highway.

Next week, Crews will finish up paving, installing loop detectors, and place the final, permanent lane striping on Hawthorne Boulevard from Sepulveda Boulevard to Fashion Way.

The $5 million project was requested through a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Director's Order, which allows Caltrans to expedite critical work by making exceptions to the normal contract bidding process.
Before and after pictures of pavement work on southbound Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance



Due to the high volume of traffic on Hawthorne Boulevard and a series of winter storms earlier this year, cracks, debris and potholes started to form requiring immediate permanent fixes to ensure motorist safety.

In addition to replacing concrete to provide a smoother ride for motorists, crews will be adding new permanent lane striping and installing loop detectors that will monitor traffic flows and help ease congestion.
Paving truck used for work on Hawthorne Boulevard (State Route 107)
We anticipate completing the project as soon as the end of November, after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Equipment used for paving work on Hawthorn Boulevard in Torrance
Over the next three weeks, motorists should plan ahead for nighttime closures on both northbound and southbound Hawthorne Boulevard from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.Monday to Friday, and 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Friday to Saturday.

The work is weather permitting and subject to change, with most of the remaining work on Hawthorne Boulevard from Sepulveda Boulevard to Pacific Coast Highway.

For real-time traffic information, including closures, you can use the Caltrans QuickMap online, or by downloading the free app on your iPhone or Android device.

We will also post releases for upcoming closures on Hawthorne Boulevard here, and on our Twitter page.

We appreciate the community's patience as we continue to work to provide an efficient, safe and sustainable transportation system not only in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, but statewide.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Making repairs when Mother Nature strikes: The La Conchita Bike Path

Earlier this month, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) crews made critical repairs to part of the La Conchita Bike Path in Ventura County.

Over the course of four days, workers restored the surface to a 30-foot section of the bike path that washed away, and put in new fencing on the path's northbound side.

From Oct. 10 to Oct. 13, Caltrans crews replaced a 30-foot section of the La Conchita Bike Path that washed away during winter storms in February.
Section of La Conchita Bike Path near Mussel Shoals that washed away during winter storm.
The two-way bike path opened in fall 2014 , and runs parallel to U.S. 101 and Pacific Ocean from just south of Mobil Pier Road in Ventura County to Casitas Pass Road in Santa Barbara County.

The bike path was part of a $102 million Caltrans project that began in spring 2012, and included the construction of a six-mile carpool lane, a pedestrian undercrossing in La Conchita, and other drainage and landscaping improvements.

Area where La Conchita Bike Path and new carpool lane is located on U.S. 101.
When Mother Nature Strikes

But earlier this year, a series of February storms that brought record rain to the region damaged multiple locations along U.S. 101 from the Main Street on-ramp in Ventura to the Ventura/Santa Barbara County line.


The slides prompted full closures on U.S. 101 as Caltrans crews and other partnering agencies like California Highway Patrol and the Ventura County Fire Department worked to maintain safe access to an essential route along the California coast.

The storms not only damaged part of the La Conchita Bike Path and U.S. 101, but also caused sinkholes, debris flow and erosion damage.
Director's Order

In order to prevent any long-term closures or disruptions to U.S. 101, more than $3 million in emergency funding was requested to complete necessary repairs, including work on the La Conchita Bike Path.

Other work included repairs to sinkholes, clearing and reconnecting drainage systems, and stabilizing slopes.
Sinkhole that formed following winter storms.

The request for the work was done through what is called a Director's Order. It allows Caltrans to expedite critical work during an emergency by making exceptions to the normal contract bidding process.

An emergency could be an unexpected event, like a storm, flood, fire, earthquake, or other natural disaster that causes damage to or threatens any state-owned structure such as a bridge, dam or other highway facility.

Anytime there is an unexpected event that causes damage to our state's highways and freeways, there are measures in place for Caltrans to act quickly, and work to make our state's transportation system safe and accessible to the millions of Californians that use them.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Making progress on I-210 (Foothill Freeway) Pavement Rehabilitation Project


A $148.5 million dollar project to replace and repair pavement along the I-210 (Foothill Freeway) corridor is entering the final stretch.

Since Spring 2015, Caltrans has been working on a 9.7 mile section of I-210 from the La Crescenta-Montrose area of Glendale to Pasadena that will provide a smoother and safer drive for motorists when the project is slated to be finished by Summer 2018.
The I-210 Pavement Rehabilitation project is scheduled to finish Summer 2018.
Crews put in precast concrete slab.
The project is now 76 percent complete, with current work focusing on replacing concrete pavement on outside lanes between the Glendale Freeway (SR-2) and the Ventura Freeway (SR-134).

In addition to repaving and replacing lanes with precast slabs, crews are adding new concrete median barriers and guardrails, re-striping lanes, upgrading signs and sign structures and reconstructing curb ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Crews will also be repainting tunnels, and adding new electrical and lighting.


CURRENT CLOSURES
  • Westbound I-210 connector to Del Mar Boulevard/California Boulevard exit
Since Oct. 11, the westbound I-210 connector to the Del Mar/California Boulevard exit has been closed daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for tunnel repairs. During the closure, crews are washing and then repainting the tunnel.

The connector is scheduled to reopen Friday, Oct. 20, but will close again intermittently for crews to add new lighting.
  • Westbound I-210 Berkshire Place off-ramp
Since Sept. 25, the westbound Berkshire off-ramp has been closed for crews to pave roads across the ramp. It is scheduled to reopen Oct. 27.
  • Eastbound I-210 Lincoln Avenue on-ramp
The on-ramp closed around 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16 and will remain closed until 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30 for repairs.

During the closure, crews will replace pavement on the auxiliary lane, or the lane between the on and next off ramp.

Detour signs will be posted. To access eastbound I-210, motorists may use the Windsor Avenue/Arroyo Boulevard or Mountain Street on-ramps.

The Lincoln on-ramp will temporarily open Saturday, Oct. 21 around 3 p.m. for fans leaving the UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl, and stay open until about two hours after the game ends.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR I-210 PROJECT

Motorists should anticipate more connector, lane and on/off ramp closures until the scheduled project completion date of Summer 2018.

                                
                  Westbound I-210 Berkshire on-ramp will close for up to 45 days starting Oct. 30.















  • Westbound I-210 Berkshire Place on-ramp & Foothill Boulevard off-ramp
Starting Oct. 30, the westbound Berkshire Place on-ramp and Foothill Boulevard off-ramp will close for up to 45 days. Motorists may experience delays and should plan ahead.
  • Various lanes, ramps and connectors from Lowell Avenue to Mountain Street
Intermittent closures during weeknights will continue from Lowell Avenue to Mountain Street until Summer 2018, when the project is scheduled to be complete

All closures are weather permitting and subject to change.

FOOTHILL FREEWAY CORRIDOR

The Foothill Freeway is a major thoroughfare that serves drivers between Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. As a result, new roads are needed to ensure I-210 can remain a safe, efficient and viable transportation network for drivers.

The roadway improvements are intended to extend the pavement life for 40 years, minimizing the need for maintenance and ultimately, further closures.

Caltrans appreciates the community's understanding, and patience, during these improvements to the Foothill Freeway.

And as you are traveling through the construction zone, remember to "Be Work Zone Alert" and "Slow for the Cone Zone."



Thursday, October 12, 2017

 

 

Northbound I-710 Connector to Eastbound State Route 91
Will CLOSE for 55-hours Beginning Friday, October 20th

(NORTH LONG BEACH) The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) today announced the closure of the northbound I-710 connector to eastbound SR91 (Artesia Freeway) for 55 hours starting Friday October 20, 2017 for bridge repair. Closure times are:

From 10 p.m. Friday October 20 through 5 a.m. Monday, October 23

Detour: Northbound I-710 connector to westbound SR91. Exit at Long Beach Blvd south to the on-ramp to eastbound SR91. Detour signs will be in place.

In conjunction with this bridge work, the eastbound SR91 connector to northbound I-710 will also be restricted to one lane during the same hours.

The closure of the ramp is necessary to provide a safe work environment for crews to repair girder damage to the bridge.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New campaign about pedestrian safety on Caltrans changeable message signs

You may have noticed a new message that caught your attention while driving on a freeway or highway last week.

The new message on Caltrans' changeable message signs (CMS) first appeared Sept. 7 and reads, "Watch for people walking on all roadways."

According to Wayne Ziese with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the message is part of a public information campaign addressing pedestrian safety on our state's roadways.

"The traffic safety messaging in the CMS is run jointly by OTS, CHP (California Highway Patrol) and Caltrans with help from the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) and the State Transportation Agency," OTS spokesperson Wayne Ziese said.

New message on Caltrans changeable message sign raises awareness about pedestrian safety on roadways.

While OTS is the lead agency for safety campaign messages, Caltrans and CHP work together to develop the messages like the ones many drivers across the state saw last week.

September is also California Pedestrian Safety Month, thanks to a resolution passed by the state senate last year. The designation is intended to raise awareness about the increasing numbers of pedestrians killed and injured on roadways through a series of messages for drivers and pedestrians to be alert and share the road responsibly.

Numbers compiled by OTS show that pedestrian deaths are on the rise. In 2015, 813 pedestrians were killed on California roadways, with pedestrians accounting for nearly 25 percent of all roadway deaths. In 2005, pedestrians accounted for just 17 percent of all roadway deaths.

This particular safety message campaign ended on Sunday, but Caltrans, CHP and OTS will continually discuss whether the same type of messaging will be used next year on Caltrans' 800 CMS across the state, 70 of which are in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Caltrans and our partnering agencies have similar safety campaigns (think "Slow For the Cone Zone" and "Be Work Zone Alert") that are used on CMS and other signage throughout the year.

OTS uses Caltrans CMS for other safety campaigns like wearing seat belts ("Click It or Ticket"), DUI crackdowns ("DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze") and distracted driving. The campaigns are done over four-day periods.



Safety campaigns from Caltrans and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about slowing down in work zones and moving over for emergency vehicles.

So the next time you get behind the wheel, be mindful of Caltrans working to make our drive safer, move over for emergency crews, wear your seat belt and put down the phone.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Lane Shift on I-210 Will Move Towards Pasadena to Begin Phase 3

The Foothill Freeway (I-210) pavement rehabilitation project is starting Phase 3 and moving towards Pasadena!

Beginning Monday August 28 at 7 p.m. crews will begin to make temporary lane changes along westbound I-210 between Lincoln Avenue and Foothill Boulevard.

The current bypass lane in La Cañada Flintridge will move towards the city of Pasadena. Two outer lanes will close and lanes will shift towards the median. Crews will close lanes to replace old damaged pavement. To keep all lanes open while work is underway, both eastbound and westbound inner shoulders will be used as traffic lanes. A concrete barrier will separate the eastbound traffic and the westbound bypass lane for the safety of motorists. The work is estimated to continue through spring 2018.



BYPASS LANE Q&A:
 
Q: Why did Caltrans create a bypass lane?
A: Two lanes on westbound I-210 will close and traffic will be shifted towards the median. Both east- and westbound inner shoulders will be used as traffic lanes to allow all traffic lanes on westbound I-210 to remain open while work is underway. 

Q: How many miles will motorists travel on the bypass lane?
A: Once motorists decide to enter the bypass lane, they will travel approximately 2 miles and will not be able exit the lane until arriving at Foothill Boulevard. 

Q: Where will motorists enter and exit the bypass lane?
A: Motorists will enter the bypass lane near Lincoln Avenue and will exit Foothill Boulevard. Please note, motorists exiting the bypass lane will not be able to access the Foothill Boulevard/Gould Avenue off-ramps but will instead need to exit at Angeles Crest Highway off-ramp.

Q: Can motorists exit the bypass lane at any time?
A: No, the bypass lane has been created between k-rail and the freeway median. Once motorists enter the bypass lane, the first opportunity to exit the freeway will be Angeles Crest Highway off-ramp.

Q: How long will the bypass lane be in effect?
A: The bypass lane will remain open to motorists until spring 2018.

Q: Can a solo driver enter the bypass lane?
A: Yes, single drivers may drive in the bypass lane. The bypass lane is not an HOV lane.

Q: Are there any vehicles prohibited from entering the bypass lane?
A: No, there are no vehicle prohibitions to use the temporary bypass lane.

Q: Is this bypass lane an HOV lane? Are there plans for an HOV lane along I-210?
A: No, this is a temporary lane made for westbound I-210 while construction takes place in the area. Once the work is completed, all lanes will return to their original configuration. Current construction along I-210 is part of a $148.5 million pavement rehabilitation project, and is not an HOV lane project.



Monday, August 21, 2017

I-5 Roadway Rehabilitation Project Starts in Northern L.A. County

A news conference and groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 9, 2017, spotlighted the beginning of the construction phase of the Interstate 5 (Golden State Freeway) Roadway Rehabilitation Project in northern Los Angeles County.

The $171 million project will replace and repair aging concrete pavement on nearly 16 miles of I-5 in and near the city of Santa Clarita, the third largest city in Los Angeles County.  On average, more than 200,000 vehicles a day use this section of the freeway.


A groundbreaking event celebrated the start of construction on the I-5 project.
Local and state officials hailed the construction on the heavily traveled I-5, which is a backbone of the state highway system.

“This section of Interstate 5 has pavement that is more than 50 years old and no longer adequate for current and future traffic loads,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.  “This project is an essential investment to improve transportation infrastructure.  I-5 is the major north-south trucking corridor that facilitates the movement of goods and people by providing a connection between the Central Valley and the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.”

The event was held adjacent to I-5 at Lyons Avenue on a site overlooking the busy freeway.

The improvements will provide a smoother roadway with a 40-year design life, which will reduce the need for future lane closures for maintenance.  As a result of this project, drivers will experience fewer delays in the future while enjoying an improved ride.

Trucks make up a significant portion of the vehicles on I-5 in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The estimated completion of the project will be in Summer 2019.  The improvements will be made on 15.8 miles of I-5 from a half-mile south of State Route 14 (the Antelope Valley Freeway) to 1.7 miles north of Lake Hughes Road.


Concrete pavement will be replaced in the outside lanes (#3 and #4 lanes).  In the inside lanes (#1 and #2 lanes), broken concrete slabs will also be replaced and the lanes will receive profile grinding to ensure a smooth surface for vehicles.  The guard rail will be modernized and other upgrades will be made.

In July 2017, the contractor, Atkinson Construction, began placing temporary lane markings and concrete barriers on the southbound side of I-5 for the first stage of the project.  Stage 1 work will be conducted on the southbound and northbound sides of the freeway, mainly between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weeknights.

On most nights, at least two freeway lanes will be kept open for traffic in the work zone, except from midnight to 4 a.m. when at least one lane normally will be open for traffic.  Closure of all freeway lanes is expected to occur infrequently during the project. 


The project is funded by state and federal funds through the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP).


Caltrans reminds drivers to “Be Work Zone Alert” and “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

Monday, July 10, 2017

Tunnel Upgrades on Foothill Freeway (I-210)



 

Tunnel improvements are coming to Foothill Freeway (I-210) in Pasadena.

Another I-210 freeway closure? Yes, that’s right. Sometimes closures can be tough and inconvenient, but they are necessary to maintain the state’s transportation infrastructure.

Caltrans will bring new tunnel upgrades on the westbound I-210 to southbound SR-110 connector. The tunnel will be repainted and the lighting system will be upgraded to enhance safety.

Closure information:
Beginning July 10, 2017, westbound I-210 connector to southbound SR-110/Del Mar Boulevard and California Boulevard exit will close daily, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will continue through August.

Detour signs will be posted. Motorists should expect delays, are advised to consider alternate routes, plan ahead and check traffic conditions before traveling.

These closures are part of a $148.5 million pavement rehabilitation project. Closures are subject to change.

For additional project information please visit I-210 Pavement Rehabilitation Project

Caltrans reminds you to “Be Work Zone Alert.”


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Lane Shift on Westbound Foothill Freeway I-210 for Pavement Rehabilitation


LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Beginning May 3 at 7 p.m. crews will begin to make temporary lane changes along westbound Foothill Freeway I-210 between Berkshire Place and Ocean View Boulevard to excavate old damaged pavement and put in new concrete.

Construction crews will restripe and shift lanes towards the median. Both eastbound and westbound inner shoulders will be used as traffic lanes. The eastbound inner shoulder will become a temporary bypass lane for westbound traffic. A concrete barrier will separate the eastbound traffic and the westbound bypass lane for the safety of motorists. Two outer lanes (near the ramps) on westbound I-210 will close as crews will begin to replace the pavement to create a smoother drive. The bypass lane allows all traffic lanes on westbound I-210 to remain open while work is underway. The work is estimated to continue through winter 2017.

The current westbound I-210 ramp closures- Berkshire Place on-ramp and Arroyo Boulevard off-ramp are scheduled to reopen on May 20, weather permitting.

The Foothill Freeway is a major thoroughfare serving commuters between Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. As a result of heavy use, the road needs to be replaced with new pavement. Flatiron West Inc. is the contractor on this $148.5 million pavement rehabilitation project and is expected to be completed in 2018.

Motorists are advised to “Be Work Zone Alert” and “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

BYPASS LANE Q&A:
 
Q: Why did Caltrans create a bypass lane?
A: Two lanes on westbound I-210 will close and traffic will be shifted towards the median. Both east- and westbound inner shoulders will be used as traffic lanes to allow all traffic lanes on westbound I-210 to remain open while work is underway. A concrete barrier will separate eastbound traffic and the westbound bypass lane for motorists’ safety.

Q: How many miles will motorists travel on the bypass lane?
A: Once motorists decide to enter the bypass lane, they will travel approximately 3 miles and will not be able exit the lane until arriving at Ocean View Boulevard. 

Q: Where will motorists enter and exit the bypass lane?
A: Motorists will enter the bypass lane near Berkshire Place and will exit at Ocean View Boulevard. Please note, motorists exiting the bypass lane will not be able to access the Ocean View Boulevard off-ramp but will instead need to exit at La Crescenta Avenue off-ramp.

Q: Can motorists exit the bypass lane at any time?
A: No, the bypass lane has been created between k-rail and the freeway median. Once motorists enter the bypass lane, the first opportunity to exit the freeway will be at the La Crescenta Avenue off-ramp.

Q: How long will the bypass lane be in effect?
A: The bypass lane will remain open to motorists until winter 2017.

Q: Can a solo driver enter the bypass lane?
A: Yes, single drivers may drive on the bypass lane. The bypass lane is not an HOV lane.

Q: Are there any vehicles prohibited from entering the bypass lane?
A: No, there are no vehicle prohibitions to use the temporary bypass lane.

Q: Is this bypass lane an HOV lane? Are there plans for an HOV lane along I-210?
A: No, this is a temporary lane made for westbound I-210 while construction takes place in the area. Once the work is completed, all lanes will return to their original configuration. Current construction along I-210 is part of a $148.5 million pavement rehabilitation project, and is not an HOV lane project.

*Dates are weather permitting and subject to change.

 

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.