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An aerial view of the new Pomona Maintenance Station depicts a new, state-of-the-art, large, modern facility.

NEW POMONA MAINTENANCE STATION
by  Jeanne Bonfilio
Issue Date: 12/2008

A state-of-the-art Maintenance facility gives staff better tools and more space to do their jobs.

Caltrans' Division of Maintenance is the Department's largest operation. The newest addition to this force-- and to better serve the motoring public -- is the opening of the new, state-of-the-art District 7 Pomona Maintenance Station located on Garey Avenue at the State Route 60/SR-71 freeway interchange. This facility is located in the Division of Maintenance’s East Region – and the most easterly Maintenance yard in Los Angeles County.

Pomona Maintenance Station Superintendent Charles Leeger said, "We are all very happy to have made this move to our new, modern site. It gives us more tools and more space to do our jobs." Maintenance Deputy District Director Dan Freeman agrees. “It’s great to see how this new Pomona Maintenance Station is giving our staff the kind of modern facility that they need to help them do their jobs better – and ultimately provide services for the motoring public.”

With the move from the old facility located at Mission Road and State Route 71, the new and improved facility gives Caltrans Maintenance personnel more, larger and better tools to do their work more efficiently. At least three times the size of the old Maintenance yard, it has all the bells and whistles lacking at the previous location. New and modern buildings have now replaced trailers. Such buildings include a huge electrical workshop, a warehouse storage building, a five-bay equipment storage building, and a three-bay mechanic's building complete with an electric hoist and special facilities for the mechanic to service Caltrans heavy equipment.

Three work crews are housed in this new location: one landscape crew, one road crew and one electrical crew. Two crews were relocated from the previous Pomona yard, and one from Diamond Bar. Jay Rodriguez is the supervisor for the electrical crew, Enoch Alvarado supervises the Pomona landscape crew, and the Pomona road crew (formerly, the Diamond Bar Road Crew II) is currently seeking to fill a supervisor position.

Highway workers are a breath away from live traffic while performing vital services for the people of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and the job responsibilities for Caltrans Maintenance crews are endless. Maintenance personnel are often considered the “eyes and ears” for the public -- and they also perform advisory and support roles during incidents and emergencies. Roadway repairs, landscaping, irrigation systems, pothole repairs, litter and graffiti removal, guardrail repairs and maintenance emergency operations are only some of the vital duties performed by Maintenance staff who are at times on-call 24 hours per day.


 

There is ample parking spaces for the large Maintenance vehicles, complete with attentuators, also call The new Maintenance facility sits squarely on a corner on Garey Avenue in Pomona, in close proximity to the SR-60/SR-71 Interchange.