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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1987
In your article, "Caltrans Hit Man" (April 15), they would have us believe that it is the lowly cowbird that threatens the endangered Bell's vireo rather than habitat-destroying Caltrans. It has long been known that the cowbird will lay its eggs in other, smaller birds' nests, including Bell's vireo, but nature has always adapted to that, just as it has to the predations of eagles, coyotes, wolves, 'gators and all other forms of wildlife. Never has one wild species eliminated another.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Laura Nelson
Southern California freeways are smoother than they were two years ago, but nearly a quarter of lane miles are still in poor condition - the highest percentage of any California region, according to a new pavement quality study. About 22% of the 6,295 freeway miles in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have major potholes, severe cracks or are otherwise in bad condition, according to a statewide Caltrans survey of pavement conditions from 2011 to 2013. That figure is a dramatic improvement from two years ago, the study said, when about one-third of area freeway miles were in poor condition.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1992
Caltrans wholeheartedly endorses your editorial "California's Meandering Highways" (April 15, 1992), although several of its key points need clarification. The legislative resolution authorizing an audit of Caltrans, currently being considered in Sacramento, has another key supporter: Gov. Pete Wilson. As director of transportation, I had recommended earlier to Secretary Carl Covtiz and the governor that an outside entity study Caltrans. Therefore, I am in full support of Sens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Californians aren't depending quite as heavily on cars for commutes and errands as they did a decade ago, according to a new survey by Caltrans. Although driving is still by far the most dominant mode of transportation across the state, accounting for about three-quarters of daily trips, researchers say a decrease in car usage and a rise in walking, biking and taking transit indicate that Californians' daily habits could be slowly changing....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Two Caltrans technicians tasked with doing foundation testing for construction projects claimed over 260 hours they didn't work, and one of them falsified testing data on 10 projects, according to an investigative report Thursday by state Auditor Elaine Howle. The supervisor for the two technicians failed to require them to obtain preapproval for overtime, or to review records available to confirm that they did the work they claimed, said the report, which was based on a whistle-blower complaint in 2009.
NEWS
March 4, 2013 | By Dan Turner
The conflict over religious words and images mounted in government spaces has become such a common battleground in the culture wars that, unless you're a conservative cable news channel looking to stir up righteous outrage, it seems barely worth opining about anymore. But the public-space skirmish has taken such a bizarre twist in the tiny Central California town of Orcutt that it has left Christians, liberals, atheists and conservatives alike shaking their heads. During a town revitalization drive about a decade ago, a group of residents came up with the idea of creating a monument to the U.S. armed forces to be built on a sliver of land owned by the Ca lifornia Department of Transportation at a park-and-ride lot it maintains at the edge of town.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
It has become almost routine for community groups to rise up in protest whenever a big developer proposes a project likely to make their city neighborhoods unrecognizable. But what's happening with the giant Millennium Hollywood project is much more unusual: In this case, a state agency is taking up the cudgel against the city of Los Angeles, accusing city officials of using bogus statistics and trampling over state law in an effort to push the project through to approval by the City Council.
SCIENCE
January 17, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The California Department of Transportation and conservationists have reached a settlement to remove protective netting across two bridges at a highway widening project in Petaluma that were deadly snares for nesting cliff swallows. The nylon netting draped over the Petaluma and Lakeville Overpass bridges along Highway 101 about 30 miles north of San Francisco was intended to deter cliff swallows from nesting under the concrete and steel structures. Instead, it entangled, maimed and killed more than 100 cliff swallows, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Caltrans has fired two employees amid investigations into faulty — and in some instances falsified — structural testing on bridges and highway projects across the state, including a carpool lane connector and an under-crossing retaining wall in the Los Angeles area. During a news conference Monday, Caltrans officials identified the employees as Duane Wiles, a former technician who tested bridge and freeway structures, and Brian Liebich, who supervised Wiles as head of the agency's foundation testing unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2011 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
The roof on the three-bedroom Pasadena rental where Don Jones used to live seems unremarkable until he hands over the invoice showing what it cost: $103,443. Fortunately for Jones, he didn't have to pay that. His landlords, California taxpayers, footed the bill. The state Department of Transportation, which bought the houses on Jones' block decades ago to bulldoze for an extension of the 710 Freeway, also spent $103,472 to replace a roof across the street and $80,606 to install the one next-door, agency records show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
California has some of the most congested freeways in the nation, and about half of them are in Los Angeles County, according to a report by the California Department of Transportation. Of the 21 freeways identified in the report, the 5 Freeway in L.A. County was ranked the most congested in the state.   In 2012, drivers spent 6.6 million extra hours -- time they wouldn't spend driving if traffic were quicker -- going less than 35 mph on the 5 Freeway, according to Caltrans' Mile Marker report . Statewide, drivers spent an average of 328,000 extra hours a day in their vehicles in 2012, the most recent data available, up from 303,000 a day the year before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The California Department of Transportation is using more than 700 electronic highway signs to raise awareness about the state's severe drought. The statewide educational campaign is in response to last month's declaration of a drought emergency by Gov. Jerry Brown. In his proclamation, Brown said the state's rivers and reservoirs are at alarming levels and ordered Californians to cut back at least 20% of their water use. Brown also ordered state agencies to prepare for water shortages and launch water conservation campaigns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO Two engineers who say their safety concerns about the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge were suppressed by Caltrans higher-ups told a state Senate committee Friday that they nevertheless believe the new eastern span of the structure is safe. California Department of Transportation director Malcolm Dougherty, meanwhile, reluctantly conceded that "there has to have been mistakes made," but insisted that no coercion had occurred and that "if we had any concerns about safety on the bridge, we would not have opened it in September.
SCIENCE
January 17, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The California Department of Transportation and conservationists have reached a settlement to remove protective netting across two bridges at a highway widening project in Petaluma that were deadly snares for nesting cliff swallows. The nylon netting draped over the Petaluma and Lakeville Overpass bridges along Highway 101 about 30 miles north of San Francisco was intended to deter cliff swallows from nesting under the concrete and steel structures. Instead, it entangled, maimed and killed more than 100 cliff swallows, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2014 | By Thomas Curwen
Tony Brake had seen tunnel fires before, and given the tower of black smoke and what he could see of the flames, he feared this one was going to be bad. On a Saturday morning in July, a tanker truck carrying 8,700 gallons of gasoline flipped over, and the two-lane underpass connecting the northbound Glendale Freeway with the northbound 5 Freeway turned into a blast furnace. If the tunnel - which supports the 5 Freeway - were to fail, the freeway would collapse. Traffic would be snarled for months, and for a region just emerging from a recession, the economic impact could be severe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge has rejected legal claims by environmental groups that sued Caltrans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in hopes of stopping construction of a controversial freeway bypass in Willits, Calif. The four-lane bypass that will carry U.S. 101 traffic around the Mendocino County town rather than through its Main Street heart was first proposed a half-century ago, and local officials long expressed unanimous support for it. But demographic shifts and heightened environmental consciousness recently split public opinion.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Here is what the collateral damage from the 405 Freeway construction looks like: a room full of tired and frustrated people who live on the Westside but can't find their way home.  How do you get to the neighborhood east of Sepulveda Boulevard in the hills - if Sepulveda is closed?  How do you know if so many exits on the northbound 405 are closed one night that you might have to go halfway to the San Fernando Valley before you can creep back down to the Westside? “It's freeway lottery,” one resident said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2009 | By Dan Weikel
In a landmark court settlement proposed Tuesday, Caltrans agreed to spend $1.1 billion over the next 30 years to repair and improve state-controlled sidewalks, crosswalks and park-and-ride facilities so they are accessible for people with disabilities. The settlement, filed at the federal courthouse in Oakland, was a major victory for civil rights activists, who have been battling for years with the transportation agency to provide equal access to public rights-of-way for the blind and those who use wheelchairs, canes or walkers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Motorists are being asked to avoid Pacific Coast Highway near Point Mugu for much of Wednesday as crews fasten a rock fence along slopes overlooking the road. Caltrans hired Santa Maria-based AIS Construction to complete the $4.75-million project's second phase, requiring a helicopter to lift the 1,700-foot fence for installation, said Patrick Chandler, a Caltrans spokesman. The work is scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. along Las Posas Road and north of Deer Creek Road in Ventura County.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - A former head of Caltrans wants to save drivers more than the average of $600 a year he says they now spend fixing flat tires, aligning wheels and repairing other damage caused by potholes and bad pavement. Will Kempton, who ran the state Department of Transportation from 2004 to 2009, has submitted a proposed voter initiative for the 2014 ballot that would raise money to rebuild roads and bridges and boost mass transit. If it qualifies for the ballot and is approved by voters, such an initiative would more than double the state vehicle license fee - known as the car tax - to 1.65% from 0.65% of the value of an auto or truck.
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