Where the Rubber Meets the Road: U.S. 101 Pavement Rehab Projects
Getting it Done on U.S. 101.
Some of the most scenic pavement in California will soon be smoother as well as stronger and longer-lasting with the implementation of three rehabilitation projects totaling $104 million on the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) between the cities of Calabasas and Ventura.
Although the projects are not being implemented in geographical order, together they comprise nearly 45 miles of contiguous pavement rehabilitation in both directions. Nearly 170,000 vehicles travel those miles daily.
The first project, from Westlake Boulevard in the city of Thousand Oaks to Pleasant Valley Road in the city of Camarillo, started construction in mid-March. Security Paving is the contractor on the $31 million job, which consists primarily of replacing cracked Portland concrete cement (PCC) slabs and repaving with rubberized asphalt concrete (RAC). It is estimated to finish by this summer. The Resident Engineer (RE) is Alfred Ira. Senior RE on all three projects is Joseph Tehrani.
The next project, beginning early this month, replaces damaged pavement and resurfaces freeway lanes, ramps, medians and shoulders from Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas to the Los Angeles/Ventura County Line. Griffith Company is the contractor on this 8-mile, $17 million project, expected to complete by early 2012. The RE is Prasad Bobba..
Lastly, Caltrans will begin in mid-May the section between Camarillo and Faria Beach, roughly 24 miles, for which Security Paving is also the contractor. This $56 million project will replace PCC pavement slabs with RAC and is expected to be completed by early 2012. Hector Arroyo is the RE.
“This freeway was built in the 1960s and some areas are definitely showing their age,” said West Region Maintenance Area Superintendent Vic Korzan. “When the projects complete, motorists will notice a huge difference in ride quality and it also will be quieter – they’re not going to hear the ‘thwup, thwup, thwup’ from the individual concrete slabs.”
The projects also are expected to extend pavement life by at least 10 years. They are financed primarily by SHOPP (State Highway Operation and Protection Program) funds but the first project also has an $8 million assist from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), a federal program to create jobs and improve infrastructure.
“These projects were selected through the Caltrans Pavement Management System, which repairs pavement based on the areas with the fastest rate of deterioration,” said District 7 Director Mike Miles. “We have to compete among other districts for these SHOPP funds.”
It may be a dubious honor, but in this case the squeaky tire is getting a smoother ride.