August 28, 2013 |
Another key roadway in Yosemite National Park closed at noon Wednesday as part of a firefighting defense against the massive Rim fire, a closure that blocks the east-west route across the park and one expected to remain in effect through Labor Day weekend. Tioga Road, also known as Highway 120, was closed between Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek campgrounds, a roughly 18-mile stretch that makes access to popular Yosemite Valley from the east an incredibly long drive-around. "That will limit the access for visitors to and from the east side of the park, quite possibly over Labor Day weekend, which will have a significant economic impact on the area and [be]
August 22, 2013 |
The Bay Bridge that connects San Francisco and East Bay cities will be closed during Labor Day as the bridge gets ready for its official post-retrofit ribbon-cutting after the holiday. The bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. Aug. 28 until 5 a.m. Sept. 3 so workers can take the old east span out of service and ready the new part of the bridge. About 300,000 drivers daily cross the bridge that connects San Francisco to Oakland, Berkeley and other cities. So what's the best way to get around?
July 16, 2013 |
One by one, in auctions across the country, some of the world's most collectible cars are quietly passing from the Petersen Automotive Museum's vault into private hands. The sales started in March, and they include the automotive equivalents of a Pablo Picasso or a Salvador Dali. A 1995 Ferrari F50 went for $1.375 million. A 2006 Bugatti Veyron - the first sold in the U.S. - fetched $924,000. A 1990 Ferrari F40 garnered $715,000. Before the auctions end, the museum plans to liquidate nearly a third of its cache of about 400 classic cars.
June 20, 2013 |
It's almost impossible to avoid cliched driving metaphors to describe what happens repeatedly to the proposal to build a toll highway in southeastern Orange County - and happened again Wednesday evening. The plans for the shorter and renamed Foothill South extension hit another roadblock. A red light. They were slowed, or possibly ground to a halt. In any case, the San Diego Regional Quality Control Board delivered an unexpected "no" to a project that was just a fraction of the Transportation Corridor Agencies' original plan to build 16 miles of turnpike from eastern Orange County through San Onofre State Beach in northern San Diego County.
May 24, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Dan Sligh was on his way to a camping trip with his wife when he noticed the oversized truck in front of him on Interstate 5. It seemed about four feet too wide on the right side for the bridge they were approaching near Mount Vernon, Wash. "I kept saying, 'Anytime you want to move over to the left, it'd be OK,'" Sligh said. But just then, he said, another truck came up to the left of the oversize vehicle, and the wide load hit the approach spans to the four-lane bridge.
May 12, 2013 |
WHEATON, Ill. - I'm standing in a cemetery, which is probably better than lying in one. I came to Chicago to write about the Angels, and while I seem to be focused on the dead, this has more to do with Mother's Day. My mom is here. This isn't the first time I've set out to write about the Angels and found myself mentioning my mother. Maybe the name Angels triggers her memory, or maybe I'm always trying to avoid writing about the Angels. Funny how the mention of Angels, though, never brings back memories of my father.