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May 1, 1986 | ALAN MALTUN, Times Staff Writer
Caltrans has come up with yet another variation of its proposed extension of the Long Beach Freeway that would run through the middle of town but save about half the historic structures threatened by other plans. This plan, appropriately enough, is dubbed the Meridian Variation. What the name lacks in originality, the proposed route makes up in practicality, according to state Department of Transportation officials.
July 31, 1994
Earthquake repair to the Simi Valley Freeway in Granada Hills has gotten back-burner treatment by Caltrans. Six months after the quake, the undamaged on and off ramps at Hayvenhurst Avenue and Balboa Boulevard are not yet reopened. Caltrans says reopening the ramps would be dangerous to the freeway traffic. This is a ludicrous excuse. Why would freeway drivers in Granada Hills suddenly become dangerous on ramps while everywhere else acts sanely? The closed ramps are a constant nuisance to thousands of residents and businesses.
May 22, 1994
On April 21, you ran an article titled "Party Planned to Build Bridge with Neighbors," listing Caltrans as a sponsor. I am writing to reassure your readers that Caltrans does not spend taxpayer dollars on parties. Californians have the right to expect their tax money to be spent wisely and appropriately. Caltrans, as administrator of the freeway and state highway systems in California, uses this revenue strictly on new projects or repair and upkeep of our existing system.
August 26, 2001
Re "Driving a Deadly Dinosaur," Aug. 11: One major cause of the bloodletting on Ortega Highway is Caltrans engineers posting a half-century-old mountain road for near-freeway speeds of 55 mph. Truly, it must take years of training in highway engineering to pull that one off. So we see one more outcome of Caltrans' belief that it is blessed with the secular equivalent of papal infallibility. Riverside County's similar obstinacy in refusing to adopt a double-fine policy in their area also doesn't help defuse a nasty situation.
October 1, 1997
In an effort to prevent landslides along Pacific Coast Highway, Caltrans began excavation Tuesday of an unstable portion of a bluff overlooking the roadway. The 53,000 cubic yards of soil to be removed will be used by the city of Malibu to help reconstruct Kanan Dume Road, said Caltrans spokeswoman Margie Tiritilli. Officials closed Kanan Dume Road to traffic in September 1996 after a landslide.
March 10, 1987 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Urban Affairs Writer
Reacting to political pressure, state transportation officials reversed themselves and announced Monday that a new Caltrans office in Orange County will be permanent rather than temporary. County officials, who have agreed to contribute $1 million toward the cost of the new office, have long sought such a permanent facility.
February 4, 2002
While I certainly do not condone the hurling of insults or missiles at Caltrans workers, I too am frustrated by the actions of what seems to be the most thoughtlessly run bureaucracy in the state, a bureaucracy that apparently schedules its work without the slightest regard to traffic patterns and time of day ("The Freeway Firing Line," Jan. 29). Caltrans workers are usually right there in the thick of it, squeezing off traffic lanes during peak hours. Even when Caltrans does show the sense to perform its work at night, it thumbs its nose at safety.
July 8, 1987 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Urban Affairs Writer
A veteran Caltrans engineer--who rose through the ranks after designing the controversial, never-to-be-built Pacific Coast Freeway through Orange County--was named Tuesday to direct the county's new Caltrans district office. Leo J. Trombatore, director of the state Department of Transportation, introduced Keith McKean, 63, during a press conference at Caltrans' temporary offices on 17th Street in Santa Ana.
July 29, 1999
A state Senate committee will quiz Caltrans officials next month about routing mistakes that have sent oversized trucks under low overpasses, causing several accidents since June. Sen. Joe Dunn (D-Santa Ana), vice chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, said that news accounts of errors by Caltrans workers who approved routing permits--including one that led to a fatal accident in Anaheim--have him concerned.
January 7, 1988
More than four years after her husband suffered severe brain damage in a motorcycle accident on the San Bernardino Freeway, a West Covina woman has received a multimillion-dollar settlement from the California Department of Transportation. Vicky Koelling sued Caltrans in 1983, alleging that the short, curving Baldwin Park Boulevard on-ramp did not provide drivers sufficient distance to reach freeway speed.
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