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January 21, 2014
Our council members like to think of themselves as great visionaries. So why did the public have to read in the News-Press on Jan. 10 that Caltrans confirmed the consistent concerns of the public over planning for the approximately 21 apartment complexes with 3,800 apartments for south Glendale? Caltrans would not have been so critical of our council and planning department had the council spent less time on design and more time planning for the infrastructure of the city. The individual buildings wouldn't have a significant effect on the infrastructure of the city, but the cumulative effect of approximately 3,800 apartments will not only impinge on nearby neighborhood street parking and traffic, but will also create more havoc at the 134 Freeway exits at Pacific, Brand, Central and Glendale avenues.
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By Jason Wells; jason.wells@latimes.com | January 10, 2011
The California Department of Transportation today announced plans to close parts of the southbound Golden State Freeway (I-5) on Monday and Tuesday night while crews work on connector construction. The impacted freeway segment is about one mile. The closures will impact roughly one mile of southbound I-5  from Osborne Street to the Hollywood (170) Freeway  from midnight tonight to 4 a.m. Tuesday, and then again from midnight Jan. 11 to 4 a.m. Jan. 12. Caltrans will post detour signs, and officials warned that the closures could change.
NEWS
August 30, 2012
This week I sent a formal request demanding that the California Department of Transportation end all efforts to further the 710 Freeway extension. Since my days as La Cañada Flintridge mayor and councilman, I have been given false and misleading information from tunnel proponents bent on building the 710 tunnel at all costs. The public's trust is too high a price to pay for any project. Last week I received the results for an audit of Caltrans that I had requested last year. I was outraged to learn that Caltrans has been spending millions of dollars every year without any clear scope of work or accountability.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | May 7, 2011
Two dozen Glendale residents ripped into state transportation officials Thursday during a community meeting on the widening of the Golden State (5) Freeway, saying they failed to provide even basic information on the project. The residents, many of them homeowners near the Interstate 5 at Western Avenue, said the California Department of Transportation did not give notice on key construction dates or consult with neighbors on the removal of dozens of mature trees. Jim Grumbley, who lives in the 1400 block of Lake Street, said a neighbor had alerted him to the work.
NEWS
January 31, 2012
In a standoff with federal forest officials, Caltrans is proposing to abandon a popular, cliff-hanging highway in the San Gabriel Mountains because it is too expensive to maintain. Caltrans' proposal to walk away from California Highway 39, enjoyed by an estimated 3 million people a year, comes as the state struggles to close a $9.2-billion budget shortfall. To avoid closure, Caltrans is trying to persuade the U.S. Forest Service or Los Angeles County to take over the roadway, which runs 27 miles from the city of Azusa nearly to the crest of the San Gabriels.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 9, 2014
Officials with the California Department of Transportation are worried that the massive development boom in Glendale may have significant impacts to nearby freeways that aren't being addressed in environmental reviews for new projects. The reviews tend to focus on traffic generated by an individual building, but don't fully take into account the cumulative impact of other projects, said Elmer Alvarez, a project coordinator at Caltrans, which is responsible for highway planning, construction and maintenance.
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By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | September 6, 2011
Alameda Avenue is scheduled to be closed this coming weekend between Olive and Pass avenues as part of a state construction project, officials have announced. Crews working on the Hollywood Way On-ramp Improvement Project will close the section of Alameda Avenue from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday, according to the California Department of Transportation. Detour signs will divert traffic to Riverside Drive. Caltrans crews are scheduled to grind the surface layer of the street during the project.
NEWS
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | August 19, 2011
State transportation officials today said they will close Western Avenue under the Golden State Freeway (I-5) in Glendale from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday as part of a realignment of the interchange that is expected to be completed next summer. The California Department of Transportation, in announcing the closure today, said the majority of the work would be performed at night to minimize traffic impacts, although the construction schedule was subject to change. Detour signs will be posted.
NEWS
By Adolfo Flores, adolfo.flores@latimes.com | February 20, 2012
Pressure is mounting on the California Department of Transportation to sell the 460 properties it owns on the Long Beach (710) Freeway corridor, but officials say it could be years before any decision is made. For decades, Caltrans has owned hundreds of homes in Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno. The agency acquired the homes in the 1950s, '60s and '70s to accommodate plans to extend the 710 Freeway from Alhambra to the Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena. The project has stalled amid lawsuits, funding problems and political controversy, and now it appears regional transportation officials favor digging a 4.5-mile tunnel to connect the 210 and the 710. As a result, calls for Caltrans to sell the homes are growing louder.
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 22, 2014
Funding has been secured for a $15-million pedestrian bridge that will cross over Empire Avenue and end inside a new transportation center, making access to Bob Hope Airport easier from a Metrolink station south of the airfield. It's separate from a $112-million project at the airport that includes the new transportation center , which is expected to be completed in June or July, a new parking structure, which was recently completed, as well as an elevated walkway from the transportation center to the terminal.
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NEWS
January 21, 2014
Our council members like to think of themselves as great visionaries. So why did the public have to read in the News-Press on Jan. 10 that Caltrans confirmed the consistent concerns of the public over planning for the approximately 21 apartment complexes with 3,800 apartments for south Glendale? Caltrans would not have been so critical of our council and planning department had the council spent less time on design and more time planning for the infrastructure of the city. The individual buildings wouldn't have a significant effect on the infrastructure of the city, but the cumulative effect of approximately 3,800 apartments will not only impinge on nearby neighborhood street parking and traffic, but will also create more havoc at the 134 Freeway exits at Pacific, Brand, Central and Glendale avenues.
NEWS
Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times and Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times | January 10, 2014
The underpass connecting the northbound 2 Freeway to the northbound 5 Freeway in Elysian Valley just north of downtown is scheduled to reopen by noon Friday -- nearly six months after a gas tanker crashed and caught fire, severely damaging the tunnel's concrete and support columns. The big rig crash in July sent flames shooting through the air and dumped 8,500 gallons of gasoline that sent what officials called a “burning river of fuel” down the L.A. River and nearby storm drains , officials with the California Department of Transportation told the Los Angeles Times.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 9, 2014
Officials with the California Department of Transportation are worried that the massive development boom in Glendale may have significant impacts to nearby freeways that aren't being addressed in environmental reviews for new projects. The reviews tend to focus on traffic generated by an individual building, but don't fully take into account the cumulative impact of other projects, said Elmer Alvarez, a project coordinator at Caltrans, which is responsible for highway planning, construction and maintenance.
NEWS
October 11, 2013
Re: “Parents take the lead in school's grant proposal,” Oct. 5 , I join other Rancho residents in hearty support of this proposed “green” transformation of the Benjamin Franklin Elementary School's grounds on Lake Street. In my 17 years in Glendale, delays in replacing the enormous heat-generating blacktop playground, along with the school's proximity to one of the most heavily-traveled freeways in the world, have been frustrating to witness. The capper was Caltrans' unannounced scorched-earth vegetation removals on the Interstate 5 easements two years ago, leaving the nearby school and homes exposed to toxic particulates and noise.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 2, 2013
The California Department of Transportation must quickly sell some of the nearly 500 properties it owns in Los Angeles, South Pasadena and Pasadena, according to a bill by Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge), which was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The homes are located in the so-called 710 gap, where transportation officials are studying a 4.5-mile tunnel that would connect the Long Beach (710) and Foothill (210) freeways. Brown vetoed a similar bill last year.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
I drive by the now blocked intersection at Broadway/Brazil and San Fernando Road every morning on my way to work. I have watched in amazement as a perfectly good 50-year-old railroad-grade crossing was turned into a modern safe edifice. It looks like the work is complete and all that is left to do is throw the switch, activate the signals and crossing arms and be done. Not so fast. It seems that the city of Los Angeles doesn't have the money to finish their part of the project, whatever that is. The city of Glendale, Caltrans and the railroad people got all their money together, but still we sit with an almost competed project and the great inconvenience of not being able to use the crossing.
NEWS
July 15, 2013
Caltrans announced that two lanes of the northbound 5 Freeway will reopen later this afternoon for the first time since a tanker truck fire at the freeway's junction with the 2 Freeway on Saturday. But officials said they are still not sure when all lanes in the interchange will reopen. Officials said the tunnel where the tanker caught fire suffered serious structural damage.   The closure of the northbound 5 Freeway - a major north-south route - has jammed traffic. Continue reading > > Laura Nelson and Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
NEWS
March 22, 2013
Living a few blocks from the 210 Freeway in La Crescenta, I keep my windows closed day and night because of the noise from trucks shifting gears and using exhaust brakes as they ascend or descend the grade near Lowell Avenue and La Tuna Canyon. Residents living farther away say they can hear them too. Caltrans promised sound walls to be built in 2012, but no sign of them yet. This affects the home prices in the area. Dorothy Sundbye La Crescenta
NEWS
March 8, 2013
The California Department of Transportation  plans to  close the following lanes, ramps  and connectors of the Golden State Freeway (5) and the Ventura (SR-134) freeways through March 16 as part of a $57.8 million improvement project to construct carpool  lanes in each direction along the I-5 between SR-134 and Magnolia Boulevard. Closures are subject to change. Two off-ramps are undergoing long-term closures. They are the the eastbound and westbound off-ramps at Alameda Avenue along the southbound I-5, which is expected to open in April, and the  eastbound and westbound off-ramps at Alameda Avenue along the northbound I-5, which are expected to open in May. Other intermittent closures are: * Southbound I-5, eastbound and westbound Alameda Avenue off ramps, from  7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. * Southbound I-5, eastbound and westbound Alameda Avenue on-ramps, from  7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. * Northbound I-5, eastbound and westbound Alameda Avenue off-ramps, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m * Northbound I-5, eastbound and westbound Alameda Avenue on-ramps, from  7 p.m. to 6 a.m.  and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. * Southbound I-5, eastbound and westbound  Western Avenue off-ramps, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. * Southbound I-5, eastbound and westbound Western Avenue on-ramps, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. * Northbound I-5, westbound Colorado Boulevard on-ramp, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (until 9 a.m....
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