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A Caltrans vehicle fends off the elements 
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GRAPEVINE SNOW DAZE DOESN’T FAZE CALTRANS WORKERS
by  Judy Gish
Issue Date: 02/2008

Let it snow! Caltrans will clean up the mess and get traffic moving.

District 7 showed its “We’re Here to Get You There” spirit on January 24, when a storm shut down the Golden State Freeway (I-5) at the Grapevine, stranding numerous vehicles inside the closure.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) was on the scene from the first snow fall, working seven snow plows and two graders around the clock to clear snow and ice from the roadway surface. Chemical de-icing agents and sand also were used to accelerate the process. By noon, all of the stranded vehicles had been removed; those with chains drove out and the remainder were towed.

Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) continued to monitor the area, which remained open until a three and a half hour closure on January 30. With cold and wet weather upon us, I-5 could close at the grapevine again this season. The Department is making every effort to inform motorists about weather-related closures by posting updates on the District 7 website. Motorists also can call 1-800-427ROAD (7623) for information. 

One of seven snowplows on the scene to 
clear the roadway. The on-ramp sign says it all about the snowy
conditions. These vehicles have been waiting a long time to exit the Grapevine. On the move! Traffic moves normally after Caltrans\' efforts.