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October 31, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Caltrans has chosen a construction firm to repair the southbound Newhall Pass tunnel truck lanes on Interstate 5 that were damaged in a fiery vehicle pile-up earlier this month. Security Paving Co. of Oxnard won the $11-million contract to re-slab the damaged lanes and repair concrete barriers and metal guardrails. Work will begin immediately, according to a state Department of Transportation announcement Monday. The company may earn up to a $2.
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 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Senate approved $1 billion to speed repair and replacement of America's crumbling bridges as debate began on a $104.6-billion measure funding transportation and housing programs for the budget year beginning Oct. 1. However, the overall bill faces a veto threat from President Bush for exceeding his request by $4.4 billion.
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.
September 2, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
The southbound lanes of a major route to Laguna Beach were reopened Saturday, about 24 hours after a 70-foot oak fell onto several power lines, causing the road to be shut down. Laguna Canyon Road was reopened to traffic heading toward the ocean, authorities said, though lanes going the other direction were expected to remain closed until sometime today.
August 16, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- Despite new assurances that California's bridges are safe, some elected officials said Wednesday that they were worried the structures had not been given the thorough and frank appraisal or repairs needed. "We have not done in this state a thorough enough job in making sure our bridges are structurally safe," state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez said at a hearing called by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer. "If they are not structurally safe, we need to be honest about that."
May 26, 2007 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
The trucking company whose gasoline tanker exploded last month, crippling a busy Bay Area freeway interchange, saw its hazardous-materials transportation license suspended Friday, just hours after the last damaged portion of the MacArthur Maze reopened. The California Highway Patrol suspended Sabek Transportation's license because of safety and hazardous-materials violations discovered during a recent inspection of the company's Salinas Valley terminal, said CHP spokeswoman Fran Clader.
May 5, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
The connector between the Artesia Freeway and the southbound Long Beach Freeway will remain closed until 6 a.m. Monday. Caltrans workers began emergency bridge repairs on the freeway connector late Friday.
April 17, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
A southern Orange County toll road extension would virtually destroy a section of San Mateo Creek, a national conservation group said Monday. The group, American Rivers, announced it was adding the creek to its annual list of endangered waterways to be published online today. In addition to endangering the creek, the group said, the proposed extension of the Foothill South toll road would "plow over" a state campground and wipe out the famous Trestles surfing beach in northern San Diego County.
April 14, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Motorists driving the Santa Ana Freeway will encounter nightly construction delays beginning Sunday. Ten miles of asphalt is scheduled to be replaced with rubberized pavement from the El Toro Y in Irvine north to Fourth Street in Santa Ana, Caltrans officials said. In addition, they said, the repaving of Jeffrey Road and the I-5 interchange onramp will occur nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. The $14-million pavement project is expected to be completed in October.
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