Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Interstate 10 (San Bernardino Freeway) project to add High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes years in the making

It is one of the busier and congested stretches of the San Bernardino Freeway (Interstate 10), but the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has been working on a project to add High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to reduce congestion and encourage carpooling.

The more than half a billion dollar Interstate 10 HOV project calls for the construction of one HOV lane in each direction of the San Bernardino Freeway between Interstate 605 in Baldwin Park and State Route 57 near Cal Poly Pomona.

Upon completion of the I-10 HOV project, there will be one continuous HOV lane from downtown Los Angeles to San Bernardino County.
The project adds more than 10 miles of HOV lanes (5.2 miles in each direction) on I-10 and is being done in three segments, with the first segment, from I-605 to Puente Avenue, already completed in 2013.

Currently, construction is ongoing for the second and third segments. Work on the second segment, which is from Puente Avenue in Baldwin Park to Citrus Street in West Covina, started in summer 2014, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 2018, months ahead of schedule.

Second segment of I-10 HOV project
The final segment is from Citrus Street in Covina/West Covina to State Route 57, and once completed in summer 2021, will provide one continuous HOV lane in both directions of I-10 from Interstate 15 in San Bernardino County to downtown Los Angeles.

The I-10 HOV project adds more than 10 miles of HOV lanes from I-605 to SR-57.
In addition to HOV lanes, other construction activities include widening bridges, realigning ramps and the installation of sound walls and retaining walls.

Work to widen Via Verde Bridge on westbound I-10.
Sound walls will be constructed to mitigate noise at various locations in the project area. The sculpted retaining walls are made into a unique design to match the area's natural surroundings. Some patterns are stained, but each pattern is different at various locations.

Retaining wall built along eastbound I-10 at Via Verde Park and Ride in San Dimas.

Retaining wall with sculpted pattern along eastbound I-10 near Grand Ave. in West Covina.
Retaining wall on westbound I-10 Kellogg Drive on-ramp
Retaining wall at Forest Lawn and eastbound I-10 in Covina.

The majority of the work is being done during evening hours, and you can get more information about the project on the Caltrans District 7 website here.

If you are driving through the construction area, remember to "Slow For the Cone Zone" and "Be Work Zone Alert."

Caltrans thanks the community for their patience and understanding as we work to provide an efficient, safe and sustainable transportation system for the years to come.

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/SR-14 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 is scheduled for 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.