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.

  • 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.


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.


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.