Caltrans Construction Advisory Starting July 10th

CONSTRUCTION ADVISORY

CALTRANS TO BEGIN CHIP SEAL PROJECT ON US 395 IN INYO COUNTY

Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is preparing to begin a highway resurfacing project at two locations on US 395 in Inyo County. The first location is near Dunmovin from 1.1 miles south of Cinder Road to 0.8 mile south of Haiwee Powerhouse Rd. and the second is near Big Pine from the south junction of State Route 168 to 0.1 mile south of Warm Springs Road.

The project consists of chip sealing to extend the life of the pavement and restriping.  Construction will be on the southbound lanes only.

Work is scheduled to begin July 10, 2017, and should be completed by the end of August 2017. 

Traffic will be reduced to one lane though the construction area with a posted speed limit of 35 mph during working hours.  Crews will be on site Monday throughThursday from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The traveling public should not experience any traffic delays.

This $1.9 million project has been awarded to American Pavement Systems, Inc. of Modesto, CA.

Work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction related issues.

Caltrans’ QuickMap App Now Available for All Smart Phones

 For the first time, users of the iOS platform can now download the free QuickMap app for iPhone® and iPad®. In this Caltrans News Flash, you’ll see how easy the app is to get and how convenient it is to use.

“We want to make travel as safe and easy as possible for California motorists. The QuickMap app gives critical information on highway conditions, so drivers can make smart decisions before they travel," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

The QuickMap app displays the user’s location on a map along with real-time information including; traffic speed, road closures, California Highway Patrol incidents, chain controls, fire locations, electronic highway sign messages, and live traffic cameras. QuickMap was launched online in 2011, with an Android app released in August of last year.  As a reminder, please do not use Quickmap while driving.

This video can be viewed at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/paffairs/newsflash/

The app is available by searching “Caltrans” in Apple’s “App Store” and in Android’s “Google Play Store.” It is also available online at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.

 

Caltrans Prepares for Winter Storm Systems

Sacramento — Caltrans’ crews statewide are preparing for the next round of winter storms and will be working 24/7 monitoring state routes and keeping roadways open and clear.

Meteorologists are predicting three more storm systems that will impact California. The first storm is predicted to bring at least .75 to 1.5 inches of rainfall to the Central Valley, with some locations in the foothills receiving up to three inches of rainfall from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19. Snow levels could drop as low as 4,000 feet in Northern California during the next few days. 

Crews across the state are preparing by plowing snow off of state routes, clearing culverts and drains, pumping water from roadways, cutting dead trees, removing boulders, and working inches from moving vehicles while trying to keep highways and freeways clear of debris.

Over the past week, dedicated crews worked 12-hour shifts, responding to more than 100 short-term closures. Crews were able to open some roads but portions of the state routes are still closed due to another round of winter weather. Caltrans executed more than 30 emergency contracts in response to $122 million in storm damage to quickly restore access to the traveling public. In a seven-day span, more than nine feet of snow fell onto state routes over Donner Summit in Northern California, and Caltrans responded to several flooded corridors along the coast and inland.

“I cannot say enough about the work and commitment exhibited by our workers as they respond to emergencies and keep the roads clear,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Caltrans will continue its dedication towards keeping roadways open and will be working around the clock to help motorists reach their destinations.”

Caltrans anticipates additional closures with the new storm systems; motorists should check road conditions frequently. For the latest road condition information, the radio may be tuned to the Caltrans Highway AdvisoryRadio (HAR) at 530 AM, 1610 AM or 1670 AM or call the Caltrans Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623). Real time conditions are also available online and for mobile phones at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

During winter storm conditions, motorists should anticipate unexpected delays and closures. Caltrans strives to reduce the frequency and the length of unplanned closures on state highways. During major storms when traffic flow is heavy, Caltrans may meter traffic to ease congestion.

The following tips will assist you in making your winter driving experience safe and pleasant:

  • Allow enough time for your trip.
  • Be observant of everything around you.
  • Remember – black ice is nearly invisible!
  • Keep your fuel tank full and your windows clear.
  • Drive as conditions permit – slower acceleration, slower speeds, and slower braking in winter conditions.
  • Reduce speed and leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Use headlights, not just parking or fog lights in foggy, rainy, and snowy weather. Also remember that you must have your lights on when using your wipers.
  •  If you get stuck, stay with your vehicle and wait for help.
  • If visibility diminishes to the point that you no longer feel safe driving, do not stop in the traffic lanes.
  • Use caution when crossing flooded roads and don’t ignore warning signs. Water maybe deeper than you expect.

Important items to check on your vehicle are: brakes, coolant, tires, windshield wipers, defroster, heater, and exhaust systems. If possible have your vehicle checked by a professional mechanic.

All vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive or snow tires, should carry correctly sized chains when traveling during snowy weather. Highway signs will indicate if chains are required. If motorists do not have chains in their possession, they may not be allowed to proceed and risk being cited or fined.

CHAIN CONTROL REQUIREMENT LEVELS:
No Restrictions - Watch for snow on pavement.
R-1:    Chains are required on all commercial vehicles (trucks or buses).  All other vehicles (cars, pick-ups, vans, etc.) must have either snow tread tires or chains on the drive axle.
R-2:    Chains are required on all vehicles except four-wheel drives with snow tread tires.  Four-wheel drive vehicles must carry chains in the vehicle.
R-3:    Chains required - ALL VEHICLES - no exceptions.

Caltrans: Aspen Fales Shoulder Project Public Meeting Postponed

Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is postponing the Aspen Fales Shoulder Project public meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm in Bridgeport due to inclement weather.  The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date. 

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For the latest road condition information call the Caltrans Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623). Real time conditions are also available online and for mobile phones athttp://quickmap.dot.ca.gov. Changeable Message Signs have information regarding pass closures and road conditions.

US HIGHWAY 395 AND STATE ROUTE 182 REOPENED CLOSURES DUE TO FLOODING

Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has reopened US Highway 395 from Lee Vining to the Nevada State Line which was closed due to flooding.  Also reopened is State Route 182 (Sweetwater Road) which was closed to thru traffic due to a rockslide.  

Chain controls are in effect throughout Mono County.  Check road conditions before you drive.

For the latest road condition information call the Caltrans Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623). Real time conditions are also available online and for mobile phones at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov. Changeable Message Signs have information regarding pass closures and road conditions.

Hazardous Weather with Potential Flooding

The Reno National Weather Service has high confidence in moderate flooding over the next few days, with the highest flooding risks predicted for Sunday, January 8, through Monday, January 9. A mixture of snow, rain, or freezing rain will occur on Saturday, warming rapidly with torrential rains Saturday night into early Monday. The intense series of atmospheric rivers will result in widespread flooding on creeks, burn areas, urban poor drainage, construction areas, and rivers. This includes the West Walker River, which indicates a very rapid rise on Sunday. These predictions need to be taken seriously. Residents of Mono County who have experienced a history of localized flooding need to be attentive and prepare accordingly. Use the break in weather on Friday to clear snow away from drains and creeks, stock up on water, food, and other necessary provisions. Power failures should also be anticipated. Do not attempt to drive through moving water and stay off of frozen lakes and ponds.

If the weather comes in as predicted, travel should be limited to emergencies only. People already in Mono County should stay home if at all possible, and travelers coming into Mono County should postpone their travel until the weather has passed. Make sure to check the weather and road conditions before traveling, paying special attention to predicted periods of inclement weather, road closures and chain requirements. Mono County Public Works will have emergency sandbags available at the following locations:

District 1 : Crowley Lake Fire Department behind station & Toms Place Crowley Lake Dr. behind asphalt piles
District 3 :  Lee Vining Road Shop & June Lake Community Center
District 2 : Benton Road Shop & Chalfant Fire Department
District 4 : Bridgeport Road Shop  
District 5 : Walker Road Shop

CALTRANS CLOSES STATE ROUTE 158 TO JUNE LAKE DUE TO AVALANCHE CONCERNS

Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close State Route 158 from Oh Ridge to the June Lake Village today at 4:00 pm due to avalanche concerns.  Travelers are advised to take North Shore Drive as the alternative route.  This closure will continue until snow conditions improve.

For the latest road condition information call the Caltrans Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623). Real time conditions are also available online and for mobile phones at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov. Changeable Message Signs have information regarding pass closures and road conditions.

Caltrans is Ready for the Next Big Quake

SAN BERNARDINO—California’s State Highway system has more than 12,000 bridges, and since the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, Caltrans’ Seismic Retrofit Programs have focused on seismically retrofitting bridges and bridge expansion joints throughout the state.  In this Caltrans News Flash, learn what Caltrans has done to prepare for large scale earthquakes at major interchanges and bridge structures. You will also see what Caltrans does when a quake of magnitude 5.0 or larger occurs.

The current Seismic Retrofit Programs have been focused on identifying and retrofitting existing bridges statewide, bringing them up to the latest seismic safety retrofit standards established to prevent collapse during future earthquakes.

This News Flash can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/HImaEDQKvoI 

This News Flash is the 111th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans’ activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that the Department does to enhance California’s economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or go to http://bit.ly/1ez3LYz.