🛣️ Headlines About California Highways – June 2018

June has proven to be a very busy month. In addition to a ridiculously busy theatre schedule thanks to the  Hollywood Fringe Festival (FB), I’ve been working on highway page updates. Those updates have been complicated by the adoption in March of the 2018 State Transportation Improvement Program and the 2018 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP). When I post the description of the updates, read them carefully as there will be a lot there. This post captures two things: One, some research I’ve done on the STIP and SHOPP so I can find things later. Two, the highway headlines for June that have been incorporated (or will be incorporated) into the June Highway Page updates. Remaining headlines for the next batch of updates will be in the July posting.

STIP/SHOPP Information

Highway Headlines

  • Caltrans’ new director to visit Last Chance Grade. Caltrans Director Laurie Berman was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in March and will be making her first trip to the area as director today to tour Caltrans District 1 and visit Last Chance Grade.
  • Community meeting on Cal Trans Highway 121 project. CalTrans has called a community meeting for Wednesday, May 30, to discuss a coming safety improvement project on State Route 121 between Wagner and Bisso roads, south of the Bonneau Rd. intersection past Cornerstone and Viansa Winery. The project proposes to reduce accidents and improve safety by implementing safety measures, such as widening shoulders, realigning the roadway and adding a center-turn lane where necessary.
  • CalTrans announces I-5 traffic changes. The California Department of Transportation announced plans Tuesday night to remove a bypass lane through the SCV on Thursday, and open another June 8. As part of the Caltrans I-5 Roadway Rehabilitation Project, the department is taking away a temporary bypass lane on Interstate 5 between Valencia Boulevard and State Route 126 this week, due to pavement construction near Santa Clarita.
  • Caltrans: Stoplight at Camp Richardson discontinued indefinitely. Following backlash in its first summer of use and input from partner agencies, the pedestrian stoplight at Camp Richardson is on indefinite hiatus, according to the California Department of Transportation. The device was installed in 2016 as part of a Caltrans construction project. It was mostly used in the summer of 2017 as a means to help address traffic and pedestrian issues.
  • US 50 reconstruction project phase 2 in South Lake Tahoe underway. Road work is ramping up around the Tahoe Basin, including on South Shore where the California Department of Transportation has resumed reconstructing a stretch of U.S. 50. Now entering its second year, the three-year, $56.9 million project involves rebuilding a 2-mile stretch of U.S. 50 from the “Y” to Trout Creek Bridge. The rebuilding includes widening the roadway to provide 6-foot shoulders for bike lanes in both directions, replacing traffic signals, rebuilding curbs, gutters and sidewalks, and improving the pavement cross slope, according to Caltrans.
  • Caltrans District 7 Tweet:. Media Advisory – Friday, June 1 at 12 p.m. join Caltrans and our partners @California_CTC @MayorOfLA @metrolosangeles @CHPsouthern @SouthBayCCOG as we break ground for the beginning of the $35 million 110/405 interchange improvement project.
  • The far-out future 1960s planners envisioned for LA transit. If midcentury planners and architects had their way, we’d be whizzing around Los Angeles in monorails and flying buses. Southern California’s population and economy were booming in the 1950s and ’60s, driving up the demand for practical infrastructure, says architect and historian Alan Hess.

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