California Highway Headlines for May 2014

userpic=roadgeekingMay has been a busy month, and I’ve spent a lot of it planning to work on the highway pages… but not succeeding due to other tasks to address. So here are some highway headlines for May, hopefully followed immediately by a highway update:

  • Caltrans: Alternative B still best Centennial path. Alternative B through the Westpark neighborhood remains Caltrans’ preferred and least expensive route for Centennial Corridor, the controversial freeway link between Highway 58 and the Westside Parkway — but would require the demolition of far more homes and businesses than previously thought. With its release Friday of the project’s draft Environmental Impact Report, the state transportation agency found Alternative B would improve traffic throughout metropolitan Bakersfield — but as currently planned would require the demolition of 200 single-family homes, 110 multiple-family structures and 121 commercial buildings.
  • New Bay Bridge defect could be trouble in earthquake. Steel rods that anchor the Bay Bridge eastern span’s massive main cable have shifted since they were installed and are now perilously close to sharp-edged plates inside the belly of the new bridge, a problem Caltrans acknowledges could take months and millions of dollars to fix.Caltrans engineers say more than 200 high-strength rods could be jerked in a major earthquake into those sharp edges, risking damage to the main cable and possibly threatening the bridge’s stability.
  • 405-Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project: it’s more than adding the HOV lane.  As most of your know, the new northbound HOV lane on the 405 freeway between the 10 and 101 is opening Friday. There will finally be an HOV on the north side of the freeway to match the one on the southbound side that was completed in 2002.
  • Half-Mile Segment of San Fernando Blvd. in Burbank to Close Permanently. A half-mile segment of San Fernando Boulevard in Burbank will close permanently tomorrow, May 20, 2014. It will be closed before the morning commute. The closed portion is the segment that crosses under I-5 between the Lincoln Street off-ramp on the east side of the freeway and the Lincoln Street/Victory Place intersection on the west.
  • New Route 210 freeway interchange planned. Plans have been announced for a new interchange on the 210 freeway. Spokesman Tim Watkins at the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) says the interchange at Pepper Avenue will help meet future growth in that part of Rialto.
  • $541 Million for CA Highways. The California Transportation Commission has allocated $1.3 billion in transportation funding, including $541 million to implement California’s “fix it first” strategy for preserving and maintaining California’s 50,000 lane miles of highways.