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March 23, 1994 | VIVIEN LOU CHEN
The third strong storm of the year is expected to arrive in the Southland on Thursday night, but it isn't likely to slow down efforts to repair quake-damaged roads or buildings. "Most of the work we're involved in currently involves demolition and heavy equipment," Caltrans spokesman Russell Snyder said Tuesday. "The rain shouldn't hinder that."
October 1, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
With the federal government shutdown official Tuesday, local officials said it was "business as usual," even as hundreds of L.A. County workers demanding higher wages walked off the job. "Right now, there's no impact. It's business as usual for us," Ryan Alsop, an assistant chief executive for the county, said of the federal shutdown. "The problem is when these shutdowns go longer than a few weeks, at most. " Alsop said that during past federal shutdowns, "the county has never seen an immediate operational or fiscal impact in terms of our programs.
December 23, 1993 | SCOTT GLOVER
Road repairs are slated to begin Monday on Mureau Road between Las Virgenes and Calabasas roads in Calabasas, a Los Angeles County Public Works Department representative said Wednesday. The work, which includes resurfacing the road as well as installation of a guardrail, will be performed under a $128,629 contract awarded to Berry General Engineering Contractors Inc., of Oxnard. Traffic lanes on Mureau and Round Meadow roads will be reduced during daytime work hours.
September 27, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
A major bridge in Green Bay, Wis., that carries 40,000 cars a day is sagging and has been closed indefinitely after commuters called 911 when they noticed the troubling condition.  One man driving a tractor trailer told CNN that the wheels had come off of his vehicle after he drove over the Leo Frigo Bridge on Interstate 43. The state sent a "snooper vehicle" over the bridge to determine the cause of the sag and said that initial reports showed...
February 3, 1993 | JOSH MEYER
Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved spending as much as $115,000 to repair and improve roads in Sherman Oaks. Supervisor Ed Edelman said the road project will repair areas of roads damaged by trench settlement after construction of a county storm drain project. Trench settlement occurs when a road is paved over a flood control drainpipe, and the soil under the road compacts and potholes form.
September 19, 1992
Roadwork on several city streets will begin in the downtown area Monday. The street improvements will take place on Coast Highway and Del Prado Avenue between Street of the Blue Lantern and Street of the Copper Lantern. "Merchants along these streets have expressed their concerns about the heavy traffic flow and speeding cars in this area of the city, and we feel the improvements will alleviate many of their concerns," said Steve Avila, city public works superintendent.
More than 100 people crowded into the City Council chambers this week, most to voice opposition to a proposed road repair fee that would cost the average homeowner on a public street about $130 a year. During about two hours of public testimony, a vast majority of the residents, many of them senior citizens, said they believed the proposed fee is inequitable because homeowners on private streets would pay less.
The City Council has set into motion a road improvement program that would repair substandard streets but would cost homeowners as much as $90 a year in added property taxes. Of the city's 120 miles of streets, half are substandard, Councilman Steve Apodaca said. The plan approved by the council Wednesday would spend $4.3 million a year for roadwork, starting with the streets that are in the worst shape. Of that amount, residents would chip in $1.
April 13, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
On the same day that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proposed hiking the garbage fee to pay for more police, two Los Angeles councilmen called for a $1.5-billion bond measure to repave and repair 4,000 miles of city streets. The motion by Tony Cardenas and Greig Smith on Wednesday would put the bond measure before voters on the November ballot. If two-thirds of voters approve, it would raise property tax bills, on average, by $100 a year for 20 years.
July 5, 1993 | LYNDA NATALI
The good news is that three of the city's major street repair jobs are finished. The bad news is that three more still need to be completed. Since January, residents have endured traffic jams, closed streets and detours as nearly every major thoroughfare in town undergoes extensive repairs. As of this month, half of the rehabilitation projects have been completed, making it smooth sailing on Adams Avenue, Victoria Street and Fairview Road.
September 5, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
In "TV Man: The Search for the Last Independent Dealer," director Steve Kosareff digs his old 12-inch black-and-white Zenith Jetlite out of his closet, dusts it off and turns it on. Nothing happens. He's clearly attached to the set - he sold Christmas cards to buy it for $100 when he was 14 - and sets out to find someone to repair it. This is a fair enough structure for this documentary in which a fan visits six of the few remaining mom-and-pop joints that sold and repaired televisions back in the day, although he's a bit disingenuous when his first step is to dial a 50-year-old phone number off an old flier.
September 3, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
SCHWENKSVILLE, Pa. - Engineers think that three of the bridges closest to Dave Wisler's home are about ready to collapse. One, a picturesque one-lane structure built in 1893, became so perilous it was closed last summer, and the county doesn't have the money to fix it. Another bridge, just down the road, is well-known for the concrete that chips off the bottom as children play in the creek below - it's currently under repair. Traffic was diverted to a third bridge nearby, but some drivers noticed a worrying humming noise as they drove over it, and their windows rattled.
September 8, 2009 | Teresa Watanabe and Rich Connell
Officials raced Monday to fix a large broken water main in Studio City and braced for tough rush-hours today near Coldwater Canyon Avenue, a heavily used mountain route connecting the San Fernando Valley to the Westside. Commuters are advised to avoid the area and, if forced to detour, stick to Beverly Glen Boulevard to the west and Laurel Canyon Boulevard to the east rather than wind their way through unfamiliar mountain streets. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews finished welding the 62-inch water main -- one of the largest in the city -- that burst late Saturday, flooding residences and washing away cars in a powerful torrent that lasted hours.
August 17, 2009 | Robert M. Hertzberg and Thomas McKernan, Robert M. Hertzberg and Thomas McKernan are co-chairmen of California Forward, a nonpartisan reform group supported by contributions from California foundations.
Blessed with abundant natural resources, stunning natural beauty and a rich history as a place where dreams come true, we Californians see success as our birthright. Sure, we're in the doldrums now, but our experience tells us that California always comes back. However, what if reviving California this time requires more than simply waiting for the next wave of prosperity? The latest UCLA Anderson Forecast predicted that the nation will have the weakest economic recovery of the postwar era, and California won't lead the way out. Its forecasts see no improvement on the jobs front until 2011.
May 24, 2008 | Jason Song
Both lanes of a heavily traveled route in Yosemite National Park reopened at noon Friday, in time for the Memorial Day weekend. A quarter-mile section of roadway on the western side of the park, near the junction of El Portal and Big Oak Flat roads, had been eroded by the nearby Merced River and was in danger of collapsing. Workers have been repairing the road since December, causing periodic shutdowns and traffic delays. Most of the work has now been completed. -- Jason Song
December 11, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Orange County transportation planners are closing a chapter on a spending plan that will have generated more than $4 billion in freeway and road improvements by the time it expires in 2011. On Monday, the Orange County Transportation Authority agreed to spend $41 million on a variety of freeway and road fixes, the final chunk of cash tied to Measure M -- the half-cent-on-the-dollar sales tax approved by voters 17 years ago.
November 26, 1987 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
Ever wonder why Los Angeles does not do more to keep its streets from deteriorating? Federal transportation officials think they may have found some answers. In a new audit of the city's highway maintenance program obtained by The Times, they say the city has diverted federal road funds to a series of questionable, low-priority neighborhood drain projects that benefit a few vocal constituents. As a result, critical road repair projects have been postponed, according to the report by the U.S.
March 5, 1993 | JOSH MEYER
Los Angeles County supervisors have unanimously approved spending as much as $115,000 to repair and improve roads in Sherman Oaks. Supervisor Ed Edelman said the project will repair areas of roads damaged by trench settlement. That occurs when a road is paved over a flood control drainpipe and the soil under the road compacts and creates potholes. The pavement will be dug up and another roadbed will be installed as part of the repairs.
October 20, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Officials on Friday christened the end of a decade-long effort to improve the notorious 405-101 Freeway interchange, but they still have a way to go on a far more ambitious widening of the traffic-choked San Diego Freeway. Earlier this year, Caltrans finally secured nearly $1 billion to widen the 405 Freeway through the Westside and Sepulveda Pass, but the proposal that adds the most lanes has met with strong opposition from residents as well as the Getty Center.
September 4, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Traffic flowed in both directions on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge 11 hours ahead of schedule, as construction crews wrapped up repairs Monday evening. The bridge reopened to traffic at 6 p.m., instead of at 5 a.m. today, as originally scheduled. It was termed "a tremendous achievement" by transportation officials. Over three days, workers tore out an old 350-foot section and replaced it with a 6,500-ton retrofitted section.
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