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Caltrans "News Flash" Takes You Inside a Maintenance Swarm

Caltrans News Flash #86

Date: July 14, 2016
District: District 7
Contact: Lauren Wonder
Phone: (213) 897-9092
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

LOS ANGELES – Caltrans works day and night to keep the highways clear and safe for all motorists. This takes time and money, but when a freeway is closed for other work maintenance crews can sometimes take advantage of the closure and conduct their work without traffic whizzing by.

In the latest Caltrans News Flash, you'll see Caltrans maintenance crews "swarming" over US 101 near downtown Los Angeles while the freeway is closed for the demolition of the iconic 6th Street Bridge. Crews saved $176,000 and 19 days of work by concentrating their work – patching pavement, replacing signs, striping lanes, clearing vegetation, removing trash and graffiti – into one weekend rather than spreading the work out over time. And the best part is that it's much safer for the workers and for motorists.

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This Caltrans News Flash is the 84th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube (

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