COMPLETION OF THE LEE VINING ROCKFALL SAFETY PROJECT

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently completed construction of the $5.8 million Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project.  The two year project began in 2015.  

The project will improve safety for the traveling public by minimizing rocks falling from steep adjacent slopes onto US Hwy 395 in Mono County, north of Lee Vining near Mono Lake, from postmile 52.3 to 53.7.  The project also includes a plant establishment program on the six slopes involved to reduce erosion, establish healthy soil, and promote successful revegetation.

Stage 1 construction was completed in 2015 which addressed slopes 1, 2, 5, and 6.  Stage 2 construction encompassed slopes 3 and 4 with the installation of anchored wire mesh. 

Within the same area also concluded is the $2.2 million emergency construction project that was put in place on July 12, 2016 due to the Marina Fire which started on June 24th and burned 654 acres.  The emergency project repaired guardrail and installed a temporary rockfall fence. 

The contractor for both projects was Papich Construction Co. Inc. from Pismo Beach, CA.  Construction.

Caltrans would like to extend our appreciation to motorists and residents for their patience and cooperation during the construction of the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project.

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For the safety of workers and other motorists, please be Work Zone Alert and move over where possible for Emergency and Caltrans personnel.

Automated Warning System Helps Caltrans Provide Real Time Information to Motorists

STOCKTON – As California’s population continues to increase, so does the number of motorists on the State’s highways and interstates. This growth presents Caltrans with the complex challenge of continuing to provide and maintain a reliable, sustainable transportation system, while also innovating to increase safety and efficiency. One solution Caltrans is using to meet this challenge is the Automated Warning System (AWS).

AWSs are being installed to monitor weather, road conditions and track travel times. Thanks to these warning systems, motorists can now access this real time information and arrive to their destinations safely while saving time and money. 

This video can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/CTD-DQOG3q8 

This News Flash is the 110th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans’ activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans 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 . 

Caltrans Uses Ingenuity and Creative Thinking to Solve Infrastructure Challenges

San Francisco  - In this latest Caltrans News Flash, you’ll see how the Caltrans engineers and contractors replaced a badly outdated and obsolete drain pipe in the environmentally-sensitive Crissy Field section of San Francisco. The outdated pipe caused chronic flooding in the area.  With the expansion of nearby Highway 1, the need for a new, larger pipe became urgent.

Using creative thinking and ingenuity, the team replaced the pipe with no environmental damage. The project finished on time and within budget. The floods are now a thing of the past. People now pass the site every day unaware that any construction work ever took place.

The project recently won the prestigious Flood Management Project of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The video may be viewed at: https://youtu.be/3X33SuDn66E  

This News Flash is the 109th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans’ activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans 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.

 

Caltrans Offers Tool Kits to Mechanics Apprentices

SACRAMENTO  —  In this Caltrans News Flash, learn why Caltrans is loaning tool kits as an incentive to attract new heavy equipment mechanic apprentices.

The three-year program prepares apprentices with the skills needed to become full journeyman mechanics with Caltrans upon completion. The program has helped train 275 men and women for employment with the department, who repair and maintain more than 11,000 vehicles.

This video can be viewed at:  https://youtu.be/MOtGm_rx-20

This News Flash is the 108th 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 .

 

Caltrans Saves Time and Money with Custom-Built Snowplows

SACRAMENTO  — In this Caltrans News Flash, the department’s Division of Equipment unveils one of 14 snowplows which were designed and custom-built in the Sacramento equipment shop. Caltrans’ cost to build the snowplow is 33 percent less expensive than ordering the vehicles commercially.

Some of the safety improvements and innovative features on these vehicles include infrared pavement thermometers, backup cameras, high-speed attenuators, improved high-visibility striping, larger plows, and our highway safety campaign “Be Work Zone Alert” on the rear of the vehicles. Wiring and welding is also done by Caltrans, increasing quality and maintenance intervals.

In a 2014 study to test efficiency, Caltrans delivered 39 custom-built trucks in 287 days, while commercial suppliers delivered 30 trucks in 477 days.

This video can be viewed at:  https://youtu.be/140ZI4r09Z8

This News Flash is the 107th 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 .

Caltrans to Drivers: Preparation is Key for Winter Driving Conditions

Caltrans to Drivers: Preparation is Key for Winter Driving Conditions

 

MARYSVILLE –While the snowcapped mountains of California can be beautiful, winter driving on roads and highways can be frustrating, tiring and sometimes even hazardous. Caltrans is encouraging motorists traveling to or through the mountains this winter to be prepared for winter driving conditions. In this News Flash, Caltrans offers tips to help drivers keep safe.

Snow storms on the passes can frequently result in chain controls. Caltrans trains and permits chain installers to offer their services in the Caltrans-designated chain installation/removal areas. This video will show how to identify these permitted chain installers by the three digit number on their bibs and on large reflective signs near their location.

The video can be viewed at the following link: https://youtu.be/dh-Gq_miquE 

Further winter driving tips can be found at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cttravel/winter.html. Motorists can also check roadway conditions, including whether chain controls are in force, by using Caltrans' “QuickMap” at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

This News Flash is the 106th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans’ activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans 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 .

CALTRANS NEWS RELEASE - $236 MILLION ALLOCATED TO MAINTAIN AND UPGRADE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

$236 MILLION ALLOCATED TO MAINTAIN AND UPGRADE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Commission Also Adopts Components for 2017 Active Transportation Program

 

BISHOP– Continuing the push to rebuild and maintain California’s infrastructure, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has today allocated $236 million to 40 transportation projects that will alleviate traffic delays, repair aging roads and bridges and encourage bicycling and walking. 

“Allocations like those made today help Caltrans continue to invest in, maintain and modernize California’s transportation system,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Each of these projects is an opportunity to improve safety, access and mobility for all travelers in California, whether you choose to travel via car, take transit or ride a bicycle.”

 The newly allocated funding includes $190 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program for 10 projects that will maintain and preserve the investment in the state highway system and its supporting infrastructure. These capital improvements consist of projects covering maintenance, pavement repair and preservation work, safety improvements and upgrades to bridges throughout the state.

 

Also included among allocations:

 

·        $31.6 million from the Active Transportation Program that will go toward 40 bicycle and pedestrian projects throughout the state.

 

·        $4 million for Transit and Intercity Rail Program projects which seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand rail service to increase ridership, integrate various rail and bus systems and improve rail safety.

 

·        $1.2 million for Traffic Congestion Relief Program projects that will relieve congestion, connect transportation systems and provide for better goods movement.

 

·        The remaining $9 million in allocations came from various state and federal transportation accounts.

 

Among the projects that received funding allocations were:

$249,000 was allocated to construct curbs, gutters, sidewalks, handicap access ramps, culvert extension and driveway approaches in the unincorporated community of Mojave and Kern county. The project is located on the east side of State Route 14 beginning approximately 300 feet north of the Oak Creek Road grade separation and continuing to approximately 800 feet north of the intersection of SR 14 and Old US Highway 58.

The Commission also adopted the 2017 Active Transportation Program (ATP), Statewide and Small Urban & Rural components. The statewide component includes $131.7 million for 44 projects and $26.3 million for 10 small urban and rural projects. Together, these components represent 60 percent of available funding under the 2017 ATP. The CTC’s adoption of these 2017 components is not authorization to begin work on a project, which still require an allocation by the CTC for the project to begin work. A list of the adopted 2017 ATP Statewide and Small Urban & Rural components can be found at http://www.catc.ca.gov/meetings/agenda/2016Agenda/2016-12/yellows/Tab_20_4.8.pdf.

Caltrans: Coso Junction Roadside Safety Rest Area Reopens

Coso Junction Roadside Safety Rest Area Reopens

BISHOP— The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to announce that the Coso Junction Roadside Safety Rest Area has reopened to the public as of today, Friday, September 2, 2016. The rest area has been closed since the end of May due to septic system failure. Over the course of the summer, Caltrans implemented an emergency contract and reconstructed the septic system.

The Coso Junction Roadside Safety Rest Area is located on US Highway 395, in Inyo County 17 miles south of the junction of State Route 190 and 25 miles north of the junction of State Route 14.