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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.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 9, 2012
After utility issues caused a speed bump in plans to construct a new carpool lane along a 2.7-mile stretch of the Golden State (5) Freeway in Glendale and Burbank last year, state transportation officials say work should kick off again this month. To prepare residents for the resurgence in construction, California Department of Transportation officials are hosting a community meeting Wednesday evening in Glendale. But residents take note: the period during which concerns about noise and debris may influence the project has passed.
THE818NOW
December 21, 2011
A vehicle fire on the shoulder of the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway just before Colorado Street is snarling the morning commute. The fire, reported about 7:15 a.m., at one point fully engulfed the vehicle before Los Angeles firefighters arrived on scene. The incident has temporarily blocked the No. 4 lane, according to Caltrans, and a Sigalert has been issued. The occupants of the vehicle reportedly exited before the blaze ignited. -- Jason Wells, Times Community News Twitter: @JasonBretWells
THE818NOW
September 29, 2011
Commuters traveling to and from the San Fernando Valley should prepare for a series of freeway closures starting Sunday. A $140-million California Department of Transportation project intended to allow smooth freeway-to-freeway transitions on carpool lanes and improve congestion on the Interstate 5 (I-5) will close off lanes on the freeway from Oct. 2-7. Planned closures, subject to change, include: -Maximum two lanes on the northbound I-5 between the 170 freeway and Paxton Street from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. -Maximum two lanes of the southbound I-5 between the 170 and 118 freeways, from 9 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. and from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. -Maximum three lanes of the southbound I-5 between the 170 and 118 freeways, from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m. -The southbound I-5 Van Nuys Boulevard on-ramp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The project will also close off the Sheldon Street and Osborne Street on and off-ramps, and the Van Nuys Boulevard off-ramp, until January 2012.
THE818NOW
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 Adolfo Flores, adolfo.flores@latimes.com | August 26, 2011
State officials this week agreed to conduct an audit of the steep costs of maintaining homes owned by the California Department of Transportation along the Long Beach (710) Freeway corridor. Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) requested the audit after the Los Angeles Times reported that roofs installed on more than 30 homes cost taxpayers an average of $71,000, up to five times what most homeowners would pay for similar work. “We're going to get to the bottom of this,” Portantino said in a statement.
NEWS
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | August 22, 2011
Western Avenue will be closed under the Golden State Freeway (I-5) in Glendale for construction work from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. today. Detour signs will be posted for the work, which is scheduled to close the stretch of roadway each night for the same period through Thursday, according the California Department of Transportation. The construction is part of a realignment of the interchange that is expected to be completed next summer. The majority of the work will be performed at night to minimize traffic impacts, although the construction schedule is subject to change, Caltrans warned.
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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 Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | July 15, 2011
A La Cañada resident is asking state transportation officials to help increase bicyclist safety along Angeles Crest Highway by replacing missing signs that remind motorists to share the road. As bicyclists converge on the mountainous pass, which recently re-opened after nearly 17 months of construction, La Cañadan Trent Sanders is lobbying the California Department of Transportation to replace three safety signs that were lost in the 2009 Station fire, and to install additional signs advising cyclists to ride single-file.
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