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December 27, 1990 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a young engineer with the state highway division back in the 1950s, Russell Lightcap had a goal: to build a steel bridge over a body of water. Young engineers dream of such things, of erecting sweeping structures under challenging conditions. Many never get the chance. Lightcap told his boss of his wish, and the man eventually came through with a project. But it was hardly glamorous. "It's in Hoopa," the boss said. "Where?" Lightcap asked.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1990 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a young engineer with the state highway division back in the 1950s, Russell Lightcap had a goal: to build a steel bridge over a body of water. Young engineers dream of such things, of erecting sweeping structures under challenging conditions. Many never get the chance. Lightcap told his boss of his wish, and the man eventually came through with a project. But it was hardly glamorous. "It's in Hoopa," the boss said. "Where?" Lightcap asked.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
A taller, stronger wall soon will surround Rossmoor. Community directors approved final plans Wednesday to rebuild the damaged icon that spans nearly a mile along Los Alamitos Boulevard and distinguishes the unincorporated county enclave from neighboring communities. Workers will tear down the wall and put up cement blocks, and then attach the original red bricks. The blocks will provide seismic strength needed to keep more bricks from falling or leaning further, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN
Before heading to Sacramento next month to seek another $100 million for the Santa Ana Freeway widening in Anaheim, local officials on Wednesday tried to hit some of the highlights of the massive project during a bus tour. Among the tidbits thrown out by Caltrans' travel guides: * A high-tech vehicle-locator system will be used to help the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans clear accidents faster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1994 | GEOFF BOUCHER
P. Kay Griffin has been named interim director of the California Department of Transportation district that encompasses Orange County. Griffin, 52, replaces Russell O. Lightcap, who retired as the director of District 12 in December after 45 years with Caltrans. Griffin, an Oklahoma native, has worked for Caltrans since 1965, when she became one of only four women among the ranks of the approximately 5,000 engineers then with the agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
Frustrated Riverside Freeway commuters should be using the state's first privately owned toll lanes by 1994 under an agreement approved Monday by Orange County transportation officials. Members of the Orange County Transportation Authority board voted unanimously to sign a pact previously approved 4 to 3 by their Riverside County counterparts that allows the $100-million project to proceed, with construction scheduled to begin in September.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
All 20,000 state Department of Transportation employees statewide will "stand down" on Thursday and participate in a daylong safety program following the deaths of five highway workers this year due to wayward motorists. The "safety stand down" was ordered by Caltrans Director James W. van Loben Sels and announced at an Orange County Transportation Authority meeting this week by local Caltrans District Director Russell Lightcap.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY
In an otherwise upbeat assessment of efforts to ease traffic congestion in Orange County, the state's top local highway official said Thursday that the high cost of earthquake-safety work on California's freeways could delay or potentially jeopardize widening of the Santa Ana Freeway in Anaheim. Russell Lightcap, Caltrans district director in Orange County, also suggested that construction of private toll lanes on the traffic-choked Riverside Freeway might be delayed until at least next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1992 | DAVID A. AVILA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Caltrans has added reinforcements to its ranks in the war against graffiti. At a press conference Tuesday, an Adopt-A-Wall program was unveiled along with a "graffiti hot line" to help the embattled California Department of Transportation graffiti crew strip clean Orange County's highways and freeways of unsightly gang markings on walls, signs and pillars.
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September 1, 1991 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The lingering recession may be a bear for companies and consumers, but it's been bullish for highways in Orange County and across California. With work in the private sector drying up, construction firms have been aggressively vying for contracts to build roads and freeways. The result has been bids that are far lower than in years past. The savings should mean that highway projects that might have been relegated to the shelf will be built faster.
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