Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Caltrans making repairs to burn areas to mitigate potential impact of flooding, slides during storms

Following the aftermath of historic wildfires across the Southern California region, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is taking proactive measures to assess the damage to burn areas along and adjacent to freeways and highways.

Along Interstate 210 (Foothill Freeway), crews worked on stabilizing slopes and conducting erosion control ahead of storms in area where La Tuna Canyon Fire burned.

Crews performed hydroseeding and cleared storm drains off I-210 in La Tuna Canyon Fire burn area.

The fire last September burned more than 7,000 acres of hillsides in the Verdugo Mountains, crossing I-210 at multiple locations.

This included hydroseeding, adding mulch and straw blankets, and clearing and repairing drainage systems like culverts and inlets to help control stormwater run-off.

The work is part of approximately $5 million in emergency repairs to help minimize the potential threat of slope erosion, slides and flooding on areas of I-210 that previously burned in wildfires.

Crews doing work to stabilize slope off Interstate 210 near La Tuna Canyon Road.

Washout on slope of I-210 about one mile west of La Tuna Canyon Road that is being repaired.
Additional emergency work orders to make repairs where the Creek Fire burned in the Lake View Terrace and Sylmar neighborhoods of Los Angeles, and the Rye Fire in the city of Santa Clarita, will begin in a few months.

The goal of these mitigation measures is to ensure that our region's freeways and highways are ready to handle any future storm events that could impact areas damaged by wildfires.