LONG-TERM INTERSECTION CLOSURE in Santa Fe Springs

Caltrans will fully close the intersection of Alondra Boulevard, Marquardt Avenue and South Firestone Boulevard in the city of Santa Fe Springs beginning on Monday morning, August 4 at 6 a.m.

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Showing posts with label US 101. Show all posts
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

BRIDGE RAIL IMPROVEMENT WORK ON US 101

Caltrans will continue to upgrade existing bridge rails at multiple locations along the Hollywood Freeway (US 101) between North Broadway and Lankershim Boulevard.  The project is expected to finish Winter 2014. 

Construction activities for the next two weeks are as follows:

July 28 through August 11
Intermittent nightly closures, Sunday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.


Northbound US 101
North Broadway on-ramp
Lankershim/Ventura Boulevard off-ramp


Southbound US 101
Lankershim Boulevard on-ramp
Vine/Franklin off-ramp


State Route 110/US 101
Grand Avenue on-ramp to SR-110


Closures include lanes and ramps within the project parameters.  Some weekend work may be required, excluding holidays.  Motorists, local businesses and residents may experience noise and vibration from construction activities.  Expect traffic delays, plan ahead and leave early.

The contractor for this $4.3 million project is Peterson-Chase of Irvine, California. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Caltrans Archives: L.A. Freeway Kids Mural, Coming To Life on US 101

Gleena Avila (mid-level) painting one of the "kids" on 4/14/1984

Located on a retaining wall along the southbound Hollywood Freeway (US 101) in downtown Los Angeles, the L.A. Freeway Kids mural, painted by Gleena Avila in 1984, has stood as a reminder when Los Angeles opened its doors to the world for the ’84 Olympics.  

Back in 1983, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) worked closely with the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, and several artists to allow for the painting of murals along freeways in downtown Los Angeles.

Over the years, many of the murals suffered attacks by vandals and taggers, but today working in coordination with the Caltrans’ Transportation Art Program, the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles has worked to bring these important works of art back into the view of nearly 200,000 motorists a day.

Obviously, the story about murals along freeways in Los Angeles is a much longer one, but since these photos were recently found by our District 7 bloggers, we felt we'd share it with you today.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Five Nights of 101 Closures in Ventura to Start Sunday


VENTURA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close one lane on both directions of the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) at alternating locations between Mobil Pier and Bates Road for five nights beginning Sunday, December 8.

Closure hours are:
  • Sunday, December 8 – Northbound U.S. 101 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Southbound U.S. 101 from 9 p.m. to as late as 9 a.m. (most likely will open by morning commute).
  • Monday, December 9 through Thursday, December 12—Northbound U.S. 101 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Southbound U.S. 101 from 8 p.m. to as late as 9 a.m. (most likely will open by morning commute).

The closures are needed to prepare for a shift in traffic lanes (see ilustration above) in relation to a six-mile carpool lane project from Mussel Shoals in Ventura County to Carpinteria in Santa Barbara County.

The shift, estimated for implementation by the week of December 16, involves moving the northbound and southbound freeway lanes to the center median (future newly paved carpool lane) in order to continue working on the outside lanes. The same number of lanes in each direction will be maintained. (Illustration attached)

Granite Construction is the contractor on the $102 million project, estimated to complete by early 2015.

Additional information about the project is available at www.US101-info.com. The public may contact the toll-free hotline at 1-855-4546335.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

US 101, 102 Years Ago: The El Camino Real

From the Caltrans Digital Collections:

Four Studebaker-EMF automobiles with their drivers and passengers parked in front of the San Buenaventura Mission in Ventura, CA 1912.
The Pasear Tour was organized as part of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. Anticipating the completion of the Panama Canal in 1914, in 1911 the United States Congress decided the best way to celebrate would be to hold a world fair, and designated San Francisco as the host city for this exposition. There was an immediate flood of inquiries from all over the country, as to how to best see California by motor car. The Inyo County Good Roads Club proposed that a statewide tourist route be mapped.


El Camino Real Bell Map
The Inyo County Good Roads Club proposed that a statewide tourist route be mapped, called the Pasear Tour, that would "present to the tourist the sublimity of the ocean, the desolation of the desert, the grandeur of the Sierras, and the fertility of the valleys." The route would cover three of the principal roads: El Camino Real (San Francisco to San Diego); El Camino Sierra (Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe); and El Camino Capital (Lake Tahoe to San Francisco). The Inyo proposal received support and sponsorship from the American Automobile Association, California Governor Hiram Johnson, the Studebaker Corporation and the California Highway Commission, among others.

The motorists consisted of Inyo Good Roads Club members, sponsor representatives and newspaper correspondents. The McCurry Foto Company went along with the caravan of Studebaker E-M-F automobiles and documented the journey in photographs. The tourists embarked from the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on June 10, 1912 and followed El Camino Real south (roughly current US 101/Interstate 5 routes) through Los Angeles to San Diego/Tijuana and then back to Los Angeles. The caravan then took the El Camino Sierra route (now roughly Highways 99 and 395), through the desert country and north up the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada to Lake Tahoe. The tour then pursued the El Camino Capital route (now US 50/Interstate 80), completing the 2,000 mile loop at the Palace Hotel on July 9, 1912.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Ventura Freeway (US 101)/San Diego Freeway (I-405) Connector Closure for Maintenance

Today’s Date:  September 19, 2013
District: 7--Los Angeles/Ventura    
Contact:   Patrick Chandler                         
Phone:   (213) 897-3630
http://caltransd7info.blogspot.com/
https://twitter.com/CaltransDist7
                      
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ventura Freeway (US 101)/San Diego Freeway (I-405) Connector Closure for Maintenance

Los Angeles – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the southbound US 101 Hayvenhurst Avenue on-ramp, southbound US 101 Haskell Avenue off-ramp, and the southbound US 101 connector road to southbound I-405, Sunday, September 22, from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. for maintenance.

A signed detour will be in place.  Motorists should plan ahead, expect delays, and use an alternate route.

Caltrans reminds motorists to Slow for the Cone Zone and Move Over.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Moving Lane Closures and Delays for Maintenance on Ventura Freeway (US 101)

Ok, let's cut to the chase, this moving closure could make things, let's say, a little, and maybe a lot slower than usual.  Be prepared and plan ahead.  Our maintenance crews will re-oil the paved shoulders along US 101 and the shoulders will look like new. 

Here's the press release:

Sherman Oaks to Westlake Village – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will re-oil (fog seal or rejuvenate) and seal cracks on the paved shoulders of the Ventura Freeway (US 101) between Sepulveda Boulevard and Westlake Boulevard during the following days and times:

Sunday, June 23, 2013
4 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Monday, June 24, to Wednesday, June 26
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Motorists should expect delays and extended commute times, and should consider an alternative route. 

This operation will utilize a moving closure that will require the far right and far left lanes to be temporarily blocked by Caltrans and California Highway Patrol vehicles to allow for the application of the oil onto the shoulders. 

To prevent oil from sticking to vehicles, motorists are advised not to pull off onto the shoulders of US 101 during the days of this operation unless absolutely necessary.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hollywood Freeway (US 101)/Arroyo Seco Parkway (SR-110) Interchange to Closed for Swarm Maintenance

Caltrans deployed 175 personnel and community service workers for “swarm” or intensive maintenance on Sunday, February 24 in closed sections of the US 101/I-110 interchange from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Crews were able to trim trees, remove debris and trash, install new LED overhead lights, and much more to enhance and improve the flow of traffic through the interchange. 

Generally, crews only have a two-hour closure window within the US 101/I-110 interchange, by increasing the window to six-hours and placing  dozens of personnel into one closure, crews are able accomplish several tasks all at once.  This six-hour window reduced the necessity to close the interchange three to four addition times for two-hours.


posted by patrick.chandler@dot.ca.gov

Friday, February 22, 2013

Academy Awards and Caltrans: Hollywood Freeway Ramp Closures for Awards Ceremony

State of California • Department of Transportation

NEWS RELEASE
                                         
Date:         Friday, February 22, 2013
District:      7 – Los Angeles/Ventura Counties
Contact:     Public Affairs
Phone:       (213) 897-3656
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


HOLLYWOOD FREEWAY (US 101) RAMP CLOSURES FOR ACADEMY AWARDS


LOS ANGELES - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the north- and southbound Hollywood Freeway (US101) Highland Avenue off-ramps Sunday, February 24, from 10 a.m. to midnight.  An encroachment permit has been issued by Caltrans to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 85TH Annual Academy Awards Ceremony. Caltrans advises motorists to “Slow For The Cone Zone.”


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hollywood Freeway (US 101)/Arroyo Seco Parkway (SR-110) Interchange to Close for Swarm Maintenance II



Caltrans maintenance crews during Swarm I on I-110 in Downtown LA
Today's Date:    February 20, 2012
District 7:             Los Angeles & Ventura counties      
Contact:            Patrick Chandler              
Phone:              213-897-3630

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hollywood Freeway (US 101)/Arroyo Seco Parkway (SR-110) Interchange to Close for Swarm Maintenance

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will deploy 175 personnel and community service workers for “swarm” maintenance on Sunday, February 24 in closed sections of the US 101/I-110 interchange from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The closures will occur at the following locations:

Connectors
Northbound SR-110 connector to northbound US 101
Southbound SR-110 connector to northbound US 101
#3 lane of the northbound SR-110 connector to northbound and southbound US 101 (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.)

Ramps
Grand Avenue on-ramp to north- and southbound SR-110 and northbound US 101
3rd Street on-ramp to northbound SR-110

Motorist should expect delays.  Signed detours will be in place. 

Generally, crews only have a two-hour closure window within the US 101/I-110 interchange, by increasing the window to six-hours and placing hundreds of personnel into one closure, crews will be able accomplish several tasks all at once.  This six-hour window will reduce the necessity to close the interchange three to four addition times for two-hours.

“With budget and resource cutbacks, we have to be innovative and find different ways to accomplish our mission,” said District 7 Director Michael Miles.  “By placing multiple crews into one closure we were able to make significant improvements to the roadway and landscape, enhance safety, and save on future costs.”
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Thursday, January 3, 2013

From the Archives: US 101 in Ventura County 101 Years Ago


Source:  Caltrans Headquarters Library
Pictured is the Rincon Road Causeway in 1912, which eventually became the Ventura Freeway (US 101), located just south of the Ventura-Santa Barbara County line. 

The drivers and their passengers riding in the Studebaker-EMF 30’s (Everitt Metzger Flanders) automobiles are members of the Inyo Good Road Club’s Pasear Tour.  The club was a participant in the “See America First” advertising campaign which encouraged the development of national parks throughout the US in the early 1900s.

Friday, November 16, 2012

From the Archives: Hollywood Freeway (US 101) 1953



Source: Caltrans Headquarters Library Collection

This picture was taken on the top level of the Downtown Los Angeles Four Level (US 101/I-110 interchange) on March 12, 1953 (I know we’ve had a lot of pictures of the Four Level, but you’d have to admit they are pretty amazing)

The Los Angeles City Hall, Hall of Justice, and the Federal Court Building can be seen in the background.   In the foreground, an array of 40s and 50s era vehicles can be seen traveling on northbound US 101. 

At the time, this interchange was one of the first of its kind in the nation.  It was designed and constructed by the California Division of Highways, Department of Public Works, which later changed its name to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in 1972.