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April 9, 1998
The state Department of Transportation has agreed to reopen a section of California 39 in Angeles National Forest that has been closed for more than two decades, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The California Transportation Commission has included nearly $3 million in its latest budget to open half the 4.5-mile roadway, which begins in Azusa, to allow more recreational use of the area, said Caltrans spokeswoman Marge Tiritelli.
August 8, 1989 | From Associated Press
A garbage dump caught fire beneath Interstate 78 Monday, buckling the elevated roadway and causing a shutdown of the thoroughfare at one of the nation's busiest highway interchanges. "This is the most serious traffic emergency in my memory," said Gov. Thomas H. Kean, who flew over the site. "It could not have occurred in a worse place." Further problems linking the busy New York area with parts of Pennsylvania could occur if the blaze spreads south to rubbish beneath U.S.
November 20, 1990 | LAURA MICHAELIS
Tom Van Sant, a Santa Monica artist well known for several outdoor murals in the city, has been chosen to design and execute a mural on the 260-foot retaining wall planned for West Coast Highway. Van Sant, whose work includes the nautical designs on the outside of the Coast Highway Bank in Corona del Mar, was the top choice for the wall, according to Public Works Director Ben Nolan.
March 20, 1995 | RICHARD SIMON
A drivers' group has developed a guide to gestures that motorists can give one another on the road, but the one you're most familiar with is not among them. These gestures are freeway friendly. The National Motorists Assn., whose mission includes "the enhancement of motorist-to-motorist communication," has developed signals that drivers can use to deliver such messages as "I'm sorry," "Danger ahead," "Pull over to let me pass" and "There is a problem with your car."
July 11, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The State Assembly this week approved a resolution that cleared the way to designate a 30-mile stretch of Highway 243 between Banning and Mountain Center as the "Esperanza Firefighters Memorial Highway." The road will honor the five U.S. Forest Service firefighters who were overrun by flames while fighting a more than 40,000-acre, arson-caused blaze west of Palm Springs in October. The Assembly unanimously passed the resolution, sponsored by Assemblyman John J. Benoit, (R-Palm Desert), Monday.
February 9, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunshots hit a van and a Mercedes-Benz minutes apart on an interstate in a region where 21 sniper shootings have occurred, investigators said. The gunfire seemed consistent with sniper shootings along Interstate 270 south of Columbus, based on initial evidence, said Franklin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Steve Martin. But he did not link the latest shootings to the serial gunfire, which has killed one person. No injuries were reported in the latest shootings.
Is this the sort of behavior one would expect from a bunch of frat boys? A couple of times a month, the gang at UC Irvine's Pi Kappa Phi fraternity heads out to a rolling stretch of California 73 in Newport Beach to pick up bottles, newspapers, fast-food wrappers and other trash scattered along the highway. No, this is not some sort of hazing ritual. The brothers of Pi Kappa Phi are one of more than 700 groups up and down California taking part in the state's fledgling "adopt-a-highway" program.
Just south of Victorville, on a barren 15-acre tract where U.S. 395 meets Interstate 15, developers are about to start a project with the looks of a trendy shopping center: Mediterranean style, red-tiled roofs, landscaped walkways and acres of parking. This is California's newest version of a highway rest stop. On the blue-and-white signs posted as far as 100 miles away, it will be called a Travelers Service Rest Area, but it won't be like any existing rest stop in California.
January 13, 1989 | GEORGE SKELTON, Times Sacramento Bureau Chief
Calling for "bold action to unlock the gridlock on our freeways," Gov. George Deukmejian on Thursday invited 27 leaders of business, labor, government and the Legislature to a "transportation summit meeting" to begin developing a plan to raise more money for highway construction. Deukmejian said his goal is to draft a proposal to offer voters in 1990.
April 17, 1988 | WILLIAM TROMBLEY, Times Urban Affairs Writer
When the Dulles Toll Road, which connects the "beltway" around Washington, D.C., with Dulles International Airport, opened 3 1/2 years ago, many thought it would be a flop. Why would motorists pay 85 cents to drive 13 miles on the toll road, critics asked, when there was a free, limited-access road running alongside and an interstate highway, also free, not far away? But traffic on the Dulles now is so heavy--about 110,000 vehicles a day--that it will be widened from four lanes to six.
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