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May/June 2017:

Much as I tell myself that I won't wait more than two months between updates, life gets away from me, my weekends get booked with theatre, and (boom) five months have passed. So it goes, I guess. Let's start with the important numbers first: 40,818 songs on the iPod, up from 39,653 since Decmeber, with 582 songs on the "5 or Less" list (including two cast albums about Los Angeles, including one about Freeway Dreams), and about 6636 on the "10 or Less" list.

So far, in 2017, we've seen the passage of a gas tax proposal to fund roads (if it survives, hopefully), the inauguration of Donald Trump's administration (which hopefully won't survive), a proposal for a gazillion bajillion dollars -- trust me, it's yuge -- in infrastructure funding in the administration's spending proposal (which won't survive in its present form, and would include more toll roads), and the seeming death of Route 1 due to actual weather, and Route 710 due to political weather -- and when and whether either will return as a zombie is unknown. Depends on the brains available.

But this site does not work on political opinion. We work on facts: news reports, reports from the fields, legislative actions, transportation commission actions. But before I go into that, a question for those reading this on my website. At times I've had the urge to redo the website into something responsive, which would likely take a lot of time. I've also worried about the fact that I don't serve everything via https://. But this is primarily an information site, that doesn't handle any personal or sensitive data. Going responsive would require Javascript to resize and rearrange pages for phones, as opposed to full width web pages as in the current design. There's no content management system to do this for me (although the blog is Wordpress). My tools still generate hand-coded HTML, at some generation before HTML4 (pretty-much before CSS). I'm inclined not to change things if they work, but if you think I need to do the effort, please drop me a note.

Updates were made to the following highways, based on my reading of the papers (which are posted to the roadgeeking category at the "Observations Along The Road" and to the California Highways Facebook group) as well as any backed up email changes. I also reviewed the the AAroads forum. This resulted in changes on the following routes, with credit as indicated [my research(1), contributions of information or leads (via direct mail) from Max Rockatansky(2): Route 1(1), Route 4(1), I-5(1), I-8(1), Route 9(1), I-10(1), Route 12(1), Route 29(1), Route 35(1), Route 37(1), Route 39(1), Route 46(1), US 50(1), Route 55(1), Route 58(1), Route 65(1), Former US 66(1), Route 67(1), Route 74(1), Route 75(1), Route 76(1), Route 79(1), I-80(1), Route 84(1), Route 91(1), Route 94(1), Route 99(1), US 101(1), I-110(1), Route 121(1), Route 125(1), Route 142(1), Route 174(1), Route 190(1), I-210(1), Route 273(1), I-405(1), I-580(1), Route 710(1), I-805(1), I-980(1), County Route J1(2). Note: I was out of it, and didn't pick up that much from AAroad (so folks there should just email me desired changes), and no one really emailed me anything during this change period.

Gribblenation.com supposedly closed as of the end of 2016, and Gribblenation.net actually closed as of January 2017. However, gribblenation.com still seems to be up. Per the discussion over on AAroads, a number of pieces will be moving to new sites as of January 2017. Those so identified have been updated. If you were at gibblenation.com or .net and have a new site, please mail me information on the corrected link. Otherwise, your entry has been deleted. As always, if you have a regional road page, please send me the link. If you had a page, please make sure I have the correct link.

Reviewed the Pending Legislation page, based on the new California Legislature site. As usual, I recommend to every Californian that they visit the legislative website regularly and see what their legis-critters are doing. Right now, we're at the point everything for this legislative session has been sent to the Governor for signature. I noted the passage/veto of the following bills and resolutions (for some of these, I've highlighted key phrases in red):

I checked the CTC Liaison page for the results of the CTC meetings from December 2016 through June 2017 (i.e., January, March, and May 2017). The following items were of interest (note: ° indicates items that were below the level of detail for updating the specific route pages) :

2.1a. STIP Program/Project Amendments

*** (Jan) (1) °Request to: (a) Add 15 new projects into the 2016 SHOPP. Click here for details. [Approved, as modified.]

*** (Mar) (1) Request to: (a) Add 63 new projects into the 2016 SHOPP; (b) Revise 15 projects currently programmed in the 2016 SHOPP; and (c) Develop 1 Long Lead project.°Most of these were storm or other damage repairs or minor projects, highway safety, rumble strips, bridge replacement in place, and so on; click here for the details on those. Larger projects of interest (generally, those that went beyond cleaning the damage, drain repair, retaining walls and slope stabilization, and roadway reconstruction to the level of geotechnical investigations, which indicate significant damage and reconstruction or rerouting will be required) were on the following routes: Route 175, Route 9 [Approved, as modified.]

*** (May) (1) Request to: (a) Add 132 new projects into the 2016 SHOPP; (b) Revise 49 projects currently programmed in the 2016 SHOPP; and (c) Develop 2 Long Lead projects. Again, most of these were storm damage and minor repairs -- you can see the details here and here. [Approved, as modified.]

*** (May) (2) STIP Amendment for Approval: The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the Department, propose to revise the implementing agency from CCTA to the Department for the Right-of-Way phase on the I-680/Route 4 Interchange - Widen Route 4 (Phase 3) project (PPNO 0298E) in Contra Costa County. [Approved]

2.1b. STIP Program/Project Amendments/Approvals for Notice

*** (Mar) STIP Amendment for Notice: The Department and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) propose revising the implementing agency for the Right-of-Way phase of the I-680/Route 4 Interchange - Widen Route 4 (Phase 3) project in Contra Costa County, from CCTA to the Department. (PPNO 0298E) [Information only.]

*** (May) (6) The Department and the Tehama County Transportation Commission propose unprogramming the Los Molinos - Phase III project (PPNO 2528) and delaying PS&E from FY 18-19 to FY 19-20 and construction from FY 19-20 to FY 20-21 and also updating the project scope and funding plan for Route 99W from Gyle Road to I-5 project (PPNO 2569) in Tehama County. [Information only]

*** (May) (11) The Department and the Riverside County Transportation Commission propose delaying $31,555,000 in RIP construction and construction support funds from FY 2017-18 to FY 2018-19 for the Route 60 Truck Climbing/Descending Lanes project, in Riverside County. (PPNO 0046J) [Information only]

2.2a. Submittal of Notice of Preparation for Comments

No Items / No Items of Interest in the Review Period.No Items / No Items of Interest in the Review Period.

2.2b. Submittal of Notice of Documents Available for Comment (DEIRs)

No Items / No Items of Interest in the Review Period.No Items / No Items of Interest in the Review Period.

2.2c. Approval of Projects for New Public Road Connection / Future Consideration of Funding

*** (Jan) (1) Approval of Project for Future Consideration of Funding: [Approved]

  1. °01-Lak-20, PM 1.07/46.24, 01-Lak-29, PM 25.16/48.74 Lake Route 20/Route 29 Culvert Rehabilitation Project: Construct drainage repairs on portions of Route 20 and Route 29 in Lake County. (MND) (PPNO 3047B) (SHOPP)
  2. 02-Tri-36, PM 26.7/27.1 Ditch Gulch Curve Improvement Project: Construct roadway improvements on a portion of Route 36 in Trinity County. (MND) (PPNO 3526) (SHOPP)
  3. 04-Ala-680, PM 0.0/21.9 Freeway Performance Initiative I-680 in Alameda County Project: Install ramp metering systems at on-ramps/connectors along a portion of I-680 in Alameda County. (MND) (PPNO 0521M) (SHOPP)
  4. 10-SJ-99, PM 0.0/0.5, 10-Sta-99, PM 24.3/24.8 Ripon Bridge Rehabilitation Project: Replace an existing bridge on Route 99 in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. (MND) (PPNO 0321) (SHOPP)

*** (Jan) (2) Approval of Project for Future Consideration of Funding and Route Adoption: 01-Lak-29, PM 23.6/31.6 Lake 29 Improvement Project: Construct roadway improvements including lane additions in each direction on a portion of Route 29 in Lake County. (FEIR) (PPNO 3099 & 3100) (SHOPP & STIP) [Note: This included confirmation of Lake Country Road 502 as Route 281] [The Commission approved the environmental document, Finding of Facts, and approved the project for funding]

*** (Jan) (3) Approval of Project for Future Consideration of Funding: 02-Sis-96, PM 103.00/103.6, 02-Sis-263, PM 56.7/57.2 Klamath River Bridge Project: Replace existing bridge on Route 263 (near the intersection with Route 96) in Siskiyou County. (FEIR) (PPNO 3242) (SHOPP) [The Commission approved the environmental document, Finding of Facts, Statement of Overriding Considerations, and approved the project for funding.]

*** (Mar) (1) Approval of Projects for Future Consideration of Funding: [Approved]

  1. 03-ED-50/89, PM 70.62 Meyers Intersection Improvements at US 50 and Route 89 Project: Construct a roundabout at the intersection of US 50 and Route
  2. 03-Sut-20, PM 5.0/11.3 Sutter Bypass Widening and Rehabilitation Project: Rehabilitate a portion of Route 20 to meet current design standards in Sutter County (MND) (PPNO 8132) (SHOPP)
  3. °03-Yub-20, PM 1.29 Caltrans District 3 Parking Lot Expansion Project: Expand an existing Caltrans parking lot into adjacent property in Yuba County (ND) (EA 03-1H350) (SHOPP)
  4. 05-SBt-25, PM 25.9/26.3 La Gloria Road Curve Correction: Realign a portion of Route 25 in San Benito County (MND) (PPNO 2379) (SHOPP)
  5. °06-Mad-41, PM 36.3/40.8 Oakhurst Pavement Preservation Project: Resurface a portion of Route 41 in Madera County (MND) (PPNO 6716) (SHOPP)

*** (May) (1) Approval of Projects for Future Consideration of Funding: [Approved]

  1. 02-Mod-299, PM 0.5, 1.0 Butte & Ash Creek Bridge Replacement Project: Replace two existing bridges on Route 299 in Modoc County.(MND) (PPNO 3484) (SHOPP)
  2. 03-Pla-80, PM 0.1-6.0 I-80 Auxiliary Lanes Project: Construct additional lanes on portions of I-80 in Placer County. (MND) (EA 03-3F230) (Local)
  3. 04-Sol-12, PM 19.2 Route 12/Route 113 Intersection Improvement Project: Construct safety improvements to the intersection of Route 12 and Route 113 in Solano County. (MND) (PPNO 8060A) (SHOPP)
  4. °04-Son-101, PM 17.9/18.6 US 101/Hearn Avenue Interchange Project: Construct improvements to the existing interchange on US 101 at Hearn Avenue in Sonoma County. (ND) (EA 04-4A130) (Local)
  5. °05-SB-225, PM 1.5 Las Positas Retaining Wall Project: Construct improvements to an existing retaining wall on Route 225 in Santa Barbara County. (MND) (PPNO 05-1C1900) (Minor)
  6. 06-Fre-99, PM 22.74/28.1 Ramp Metering and Mixed Flow Lanes Project: Install Ramp metering and construct mixed flow lanes at locations on Route 99 in Fresno County. (MND) (PPNO 6744) (SHOPP)
  7. °06-Kin-41, PM R40.6/R41.1 Bush Street Replacement Planting Project: Install replacement planting and irrigation on a portion of Route 41 in Kings County. (ND) (EA 06-41601) (Minor)
  8. °09-Iny-395, 117.30/117.31 North See Vee Signal: Install a new traffic signal on U.S. 395 and See Vee Lane in Inyo County. (MND) (EA 09-35680) (Minor)
  9. 11-SD-8, PM R0.1/2.0 I 8 Safety Improvement Project: Widen and construct safety improvements on a portion of I-8 in San Diego County. (MND) (PPNO 1068) (SHOPP) [Note: This uncovered the fact that the postmiles for the first segment, former Route 109, are L postmiles distinct from the postmiles for I-8 E of I-5.]

*** (May) (2) Approval of Projects for Future Consideration of Funding: 01-Hum-101, PM 79.9/86.3 Eureka-Arcata Route 101 Corridor Improvement Project Construct roadway improvements on a portion of US 101 in Humboldt County. (FEIR) (PPNO 0072) (SHOPP/STIP) [The Commission approved the environmental document, Statement of Overriding Considerations, Finding of Facts and approved the project for funding]

2.3a. Route Adoptions

*** (Jan) One Route Adoption: [Approved]

  1. A Route Adoption as a Freeway at 01-Lak-29 PM 23.6/31.6 On Route 29 from 0.1 mile south of Diener Drive to 0.6 mile north of Route 175, in the county of Lake.

2.3b. New Public Road Connection

No Items / No Items of Interest in the Review Period.

2.3c. Relinquishments

*** (Jan) Six Relinquishment Resolutions: [Approved]

  1. 04-SF-101-PM T4.6/6.7 Right of way along Route 101 (Van Ness Avenue) between Plum Street and Lombard Street, in the city and county of San Francisco.
  2. 05-Mon-101-PM R91.6/98.8 Right of way along Route 101 between Russell Road and Echo Valley Road, in the county of Monterey.
  3. 08-Riv-215-PM R38.0/R43.5 Right of way along Route 215 from River Crest Drive to Strong Street, in the city of Riverside.
  4. 10-Mer-140-PM-36.8/37.2 Right of way along Route 140 on Baker Drive, in the city of Merced.
  5. 10-Sta-219-PM 2.35/4.86 Right of way along Route 219 from American Avenue to Route 108, in the county of Stanislaus.
  6. 10-Mer-140-PM-37.1/37.4 Right of way along Route 140 on Baker Drive and Santa Fe Avenue, in the county of Merced.

*** (Mar) Four Relinquishment Resolutions: [Approved]

  1. 10-Mer-99 PM 1.2/R10.5 Right of way along Route 99 from 0.3 miles south of South Vista Avenue to 0.3 miles north of McHenry Road, in the county of Merced
  2. 10-SJ-99 PM 8.8/9.2 Right of way along Route 99 at Main Street and West Lathrop Road, in the city of Manteca
  3. 08-Riv-74 PM 17.35/19.62 Right of way on Route 74 from Dexter Avenue to the easterly city limits, in the city of Lake Elsinore
  4. 08-Riv-74 PM 17.72/25.76 Right of way on Route 74 from the Lake Elsinore city limits to the Perris city limits, in the county of Riverside

*** (May) Four Relinquishment Resolutions: [Removed from the consent calendar and approved after Tab 58.]

  1. 07-LA-19 PM 5.5/8.4 Right of way on Route 19 (Lakewood Boulevard) from the south city limits near Rose Street to the north city limits at Gardendale Street, in the city of Bellflower.
  2. 08-SBd-210 PM 14.19/15.18 Right of way along Route 210 on Oleander Avenue and Sierra Lakes Parkway (Casmalia Street), in the city of Fontana.
  3. 08-Riv-91 PM 19.92/20.37 Right of way along Route 91 on Mulberry Street and Lime Street, in the city of Riverside.
  4. 10-SJ-132 PM 2.2/2.6 Right of way along Route 132 on Bird Road and Vernalis Road, in the county of San Joaquin.

2.3d. Vacation Resolutions

No Items / No Items of Interest in the Review Period.

2.5a Minor Projects

*** (May) SHOPP Program Minor Program Allocations: Request of $470,000 for the US 50 at Ray Lawyer Drive Minor project, in El Dorado County. (EA 37281) [Approved]

2.5b. Financial Allocations for SHOPP Projects / Federal Discretionary Grant Funds

*** (Jan) (1) Request of $46,870,000 for 13 SHOPP projects. °Most of these projects did not reach the level of interest for the pages (being efforts such as pedestrian curb ramps, pavement rehabilitation, worker safety areas, landscape restoration, environmental mitigation, and bridge preventative maintenance); click here for the details. Updates were made to Route 46 for a bridge replacement at Route 99. [Approved, as modified]

*** (Mar) (1) Request of $102,397,000 for 13 SHOPP projects. °None of these projects reached the level of interest for which page changes were necessary; click here for the details. [Approved]

*** (Mar) (3) Request of $8,000,000 for two SHOPP projects. These projects were the financial contributions associated with relinquishment of Route 74 in Lake Elsinore and the unincorporation portion in Riverside County between Lake Elsinore and Perris. [Approved]

*** (May) (1) SHOPP Allocations: Request of $189,237,000 for 25 SHOPP projects.°None of these projects reached the level of interest for which page changes were necessary; click here for the details. [Approved, as modified]

2.5c Financial Allocations for STIP Projects

*** (Mar) (2) Advance - STIP Allocation: Request of $3,000,000 for the locally administered STIP Route 1 Operational Improvements project, in Monterey County. (PPNO 1814) [Approved]

*** (May) (2) Request of $550,000 for the locally administered STIP Route 60 Truck Climbing/Descending Lanes project in Riverside County, on the State Highway System. (PPNO 0046J) [Approved]

2.5d Allocations for Projects with Costs that Exceed 20 Percent of the Programmed Amount

*** (May) (2) Request of $4,500,000 to relinquish Route 19/Lakewood Boulevard in Los Angeles County. This is an adjustment of 54.6 percent over the original programmed amount. (PPNO 4485) [Approved]

2.5e Supplemental Fund Allocations

*** (Mar) (2) Request for additional programming in the amount of $1,255,000 for the Plans, Specifications and Estimate phase for a Safety SHOPP project on I-8 in San Diego County. (PPNO 1068) [Approved]

*** (May) (2) Request for an additional $1,779,000 in Construction Support to complete construction of the STIP Operational Improvement project on Route 246 in Santa Barbara County. (PPNO 6400) [Approved]

2.5f Financial Allocations for SHOPP

*** (Jan) Informational Reports on Allocations Under Delegated Authority Click here for the details. [Information only]

*** (Mar) Informational Reports on Allocations Under Delegated Authority. Click here for the details. At this point, much of this was storm damage from Winter 2017, of which there were significant items for Route 1 near Westport (01-Men-1 78.0/83.5), Route 1 near Leggett (01-Men-1 104.4); Route 20 near Willits (01-Men-20 20.8); Route 299 near Big French Creek (02-Tri-299 23.3). I didn't put all of these in, but reading through these emergency allocations really gives you an idea of the scope of the Winter 2017 storms. [Information only.]

*** (May) Informational Reports on Allocations Under Delegated Authority. Click here for the details. Again, much of this was storm damage, and I was looking primarily for those projects that would become truly major projects because of significant geologic instability. Changes were made to the following routes: Route 36, US 101, Route 299. There's loads of storm damage (as you can tell by 126 projects), and it makes for interesting reading. [Information only.]

2.5g Prop 1B Project Allocations

No Items / No Items of Interest in the Review Period.

2.5t Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP) Allocations

*** (Mar) (2a) Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP) TCRP Tier 2 - Allocations: Request of $395,000 in Tier 2 TCRP funding for the State administered Project: Route 71 Expressway to Freeway Conversion (Route 10 to Route 60) in Los Angeles County, on the State Highway System. (PPNO 2741) [Approved]

4. TCIF and Aeronautic Program Updates / Policy Matters

No Items / No Items of Interest in the Review Period.

FREQUENTLY USED TERMS IN CTC MINUTES: California Transportation Commission (Commission or CTC), California Department of Transportation (Department or Caltrans), Regional Improvement Program (RIP), Interregional Improvement Program (IIP), State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP), Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP), Public Transportation Account (PTA), Clean Air and Transportation Improvement Act of 1990 (Proposition 116), High Speed Passenger Train Bond Program (Proposition 1A), Highway Safety, Traffic Re-duction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 1B), Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA), State Route 99 Bond Program (RTE or SR 99), Local Bridge Seismic Retrofit Account (LBSRA), Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF), Highway-Railroad Crossing Safety Account (HRCSA), State-Local Partnership Program (SLPP), Traffic Light Synchronization Program (TLSP), Letter of No Prejudice (LONP), Environmental Phase (PA&ED), Design Phase (PS&E), Right of Way (R/W), Fiscal Year (FY)

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