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Pavement and Slab Replacement Project on the Foothill Freeway (I-210)

Tunnel Closure Alert 07/2017 (PDF)

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project is located in Los Angeles County in the Cities of La Crescenta Montrose, La Cañada-Flintridge, Glendale and Pasadena from Dunsmore Ave. undercrossing to North Los Robles Avenue overcrossing. The project rehabilitates pavement, replaces the median barrier, upgrades overhead sign structures and lighting at three tunnels at the interchange of I-210 and SR-134, and installs a high friction surface to improve stopping and traction within the tunnels.

 

STATUS OF CONTRACT COSTS

Project Capital Costs

 

Contract Amount

$105,495,000

Contractor Paid to Date

$80,278,035

% Work Completion

76.10%

% Time Completion

75.00%

Construction start date

Spring 2015

Estimated Completion Date

Summer 2018

 

CURRENT WORK IN PROGRESS (temporary traffic conditions) - Updated JULY 5, 2017

  • Beginning April 17, 2017 one lane of eastbound I-210 between Ocean View Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue closed as crews work to replace damaged pavement along the freeway.
  • Beginning May 3, both eastbound and westbound inner shoulders between Berkshire Place and Ocean View Boulevard will be used as traffic lanes. The eastbound inner shoulder will become a temporary bypass lane for westbound traffic. Two outer lanes on westbound I-210 will close as crews begin to replace the pavement along the freeway, these closures will remain in effect through winter 2017. The bypass lane allows all traffic lanes on westbound to remain open while work is underway.
  • Beginning June 12, westbound I-210 Gould Avenue on-ramp and Ocean View Boulevard off-ramp will close long-term and will remain effective through late July.
  • Beginning July 10, westbound I-210 Lincoln Avenue on-ramp and Arroyo Boulevard/Windsor Avenue off-ramp will close long-term and will remain effective through August 2017.
    • Beginning July 17, Angeles Crest Highway on-ramp and Ocean View Boulevard off-ramp will close long-term and will remain effective through August 2017.
  • Ramps are closed long-term to repave the road across the ramps and to upgrade guardrail on various ramps.
  • Various lanes, ramps, and connectors along I-210 will close intermittently during weeknights between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. through summer 2018.
  • Beginning July 10, the tunnel connector on westbound I-210 to southbound SR-110/Del Mar & California Boulevard exit will receive upgrades. A new lighting system will be placed and the tunnel will be repainted. Closures will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and will remain in effect through August.

Please Note: Construction activities and closures are weather-permitting and subject to change

Project Fact Sheet (PDF)

 


 

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Q: What are the hours, days and times of construction activities?
A: Sunday through Friday, each night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Q: Will Caltrans close on-and off-ramps at the same time?
A: No consecutive ramps will be closed simultaneously

Q: Will this project install sound walls?
A: No. This is a paving and rehabilitation project. Since the passage of Senate Bill 45, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is now the agency responsible for noise abatement inquiries and sound wall projects within Los Angeles County. For further assistance, please contact Benkin Jong, Sound Wall Program Manager at (213) 922-3053 or email at jongB@metro.net

Q: How many lanes will this project replace?
A: Numbers three and four lanes and shoulders will be replaced with Jointed Plain Concrete Pavement (JPCP) and Precast Jointed Plane Concrete Pavement (PJCP) at the ramp crossings and on-ramp connectors. The distressed slabs in the numbers one and two lanes will be replaced with Individual Precast Slabs (IPS.) All lanes will be smoothed to improve ride quality.

Q: Does the project involve landscaping?
A: A minimum amount of landscaping using drought tolerant foliage will be done when feasible due to the current drought restrictions within California.

Q: Are you updating the drainage system?
A: Yes, we are installing a new drainage system. The upgrades will meet current Caltrans regulations.

Q: What is that large metal structure located at the SR-710 terminus in Pasadena?
A: It’s a concrete plant, also known as a batch plant or batching plant.

Q: What is the function of the batch plant?
A: The batch plant combines various ingredients such as water, rock, cement and sand to produce concrete. The concrete was used to construct the inside median shoulder along I-210 and it is currently used to repave the road on I-210.

Q: What are the hours of operation for the batch plant?
A: Hours will vary depending on construction activities.

Q: What are the hours, days and times of construction activities?
A: Monday through Saturday morning, each night 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Q: What are the expected impacts?
A: Residents and local businesses nearest the freeway may notice noise, vibrations and dust associated with the batching operation.

  • Caltrans will make every effort to mitigate noise associated with construction activities by installing a noise reduction barrier around the plant location.
  •  Noise levels will not exceed state, federal and city regulations.
  • Concrete crushing operations will begin after 7 a.m.
  • Water trucks will be used to minimize dust during working hours.
  • Dump truck driver will minimize backing up operations to reduce back-up alarm noise.

Q: How long will the batch plant be in use at this location?
A: The plant will be in use through late December 2017.

Q: Where did that large pile of concrete come from?
A: The concrete was removed from the existing structures, barriers and pavement. In keeping with our efforts to enhance the environmental sustainability, it will be recycled and used for new concrete for this and other construction projects.

Q: Is this work part of the proposed SR-710 extension?
A: No, the work at the SR-710 terminus is part of the I-210 paving and rehabilitation project between the Dunsmore Avenue undercrossing in La Crescenta-Montrose and the North Los Robles overcrossing in Pasadena. Caltrans is considering alternatives to address SR-710 congestion and mobility constraints. No decisions have been made on any proposed alternatives.

Q: What is the function of the concrete/rock crusher?
A: Equipment designed to reduce large pieces of concrete and rock into smaller pieces and gravel.

Q: When will the operations occur?
A: Daily operations are Monday through Saturday, and will continue through December 2017. Work hours will vary depending on construction activities. Concrete crushing will not begin before 7 a.m.

Q: What are the expected impacts?
A: Residents and local businesses near the freeway may notice noise, vibrations and dust associated with the batching operation. Caltrans will make every effort to mitigate noise associated with construction activities by installing a noise reduction barrier around the plant location. Noise levels will not exceed state, federal and city regulations. Water trucks will be used to minimize dust during working hours.

Q: How long will the concrete/rock crusher be in use at this location?
A: The plant will be in use through December 2017.

Q: Where did that large pile of concrete come from?
A: The concrete was removed from the existing structures, barriers and pavement. In keeping with our efforts to enhance the environmental sustainability, it will be recycled and used as new concrete in this and other construction projects.

Q: Is this work part of the proposed SR-710 extension?
A: No, the work at the SR-710 terminus is part of the I-210 paving and rehabilitation project between the Dunsmore Avenue undercrossing in La Crescenta-Montrose and the North Los Robles overcrossing in Pasadena. Caltrans, is considering alternatives to address SR-710 congestion and mobility constraints. No decisions have been made on any proposed alternative.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will make temporary lane changes along the westbound Foothill Freeway (I-210) between Berkshire Place and Ocean View Boulevard as part of a pavement rehabilitation project. Crews will restripe and shift lanes towards the median. Both east- and westbound inner shoulders will be used as traffic lanes. The eastbound inner shoulder will become a temporary bypass lane for westbound traffic. The bypass lane allows all traffic lanes on westbound I-210 to remain open while construction activities are underway. Q: Why did Caltrans create a bypass lane? A: On May 3, two outer lanes on westbound I-210 were closed and traffic was shifted towards the median. Both east- and westbound inner shoulders will be used as traffic lanes to allow traffic lanes on westbound I-210 to remain open while work is underway. A concrete barrier will separate eastbound traffic and the westbound bypass lane for motorists' safety.

Q: How many miles will motorists travel on the bypass lane?
A: Once motorists decide to enter the bypass lane, they will travel approximately 3 miles and will not be able exit the lane until arriving at Ocean View Boulevard.

Q: Where will motorists enter and exit the bypass lane?
A: Motorists will enter the bypass lane near Berkshire Place and will exit at Ocean View Boulevard. Please note, motorists exiting the bypass lane will not be able to access the Ocean View Boulevard off-ramp but will instead need to exit at La Crescenta Avenue off-ramp.

Q: Can motorists exit the bypass lane at any time?
A: No, the bypass lane has been created between k-rail and the freeway median. Once motorists enter the bypass lane, the first opportunity to exit the freeway will be at the La Crescenta Avenue off-ramp.

Q: How long will the bypass lane be in effect?
A: The bypass lane will remain open to motorists until winter 2017.

Q: Can a solo driver enter the bypass lane?
A: Yes, single drivers may drive on the bypass lane. The bypass lane is not an HOV lane.

Q: Are there any vehicles prohibited from entering the bypass lane?
A: No, there are no vehicle prohibitions to use the temporary bypass lane.

Q: Is this bypass lane an HOV lane? Are there plans for an HOV lane along I-210?
A: No, this is a temporary lane made for westbound I-210 while construction takes place in the area. Once the work is completed, all lanes will return to their original configuration. Current construction along I-210 is part of a $148.5 million pavement rehabilitation project, and is not an HOV lane project.

*Dates are weather permitting and subject to change.

Batch Plant

Batch Plant operations - 09/21/15 Click on images to enlarge.

Batch Plant.

Loading various ingredients to make concrete.

Loading rock, cement and sand to produce concrete.

Paving machine dispensing newly made concrete.

Worker operating paving machine.

Workers pouring and smoothing concrete for the median barrier.

Workers smoothing newly poured concrete for the median barrier.
 

 

Batch Plant

 

For more information:

Karina Vargas
Public Affairs
Karina.Vargas@dot.ca.gov
(213) 897-7602

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