SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say somebody stole a tripod from a California Department of Transportation crew and then dropped it from an overpass onto a Sacramento freeway, impaling the...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California Department of Transportation manager commuted some 450 miles (724 kilometers) to work — from San Diego to Sacramento — for two years and the state paid for...
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Travelers planning to drive through the Indio area of the Southern California desert should prepare for heavy traffic each weekend for the rest of the month due to the...
NEVADA CITY, Calif. (AP) — An appeals court has ruled in favor of a California state employee who was awarded $3 million by a jury that found his supervisors harassed him and ignored his...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a tanker-truck crash that for a time closed a major interstate in Southern California (all times local):
Snow and ice shut down part of Interstate 15
Officials say Interstate 15 is closed at the Nevada state line due to multiple accidents related to snow and ice.
A California Department of Transportation spokeswoman estimates the roadway will be reopened within two to three hours.
It is unclear if there were any injuries as of Monday morning.
The Latest: All lanes reopen on bridge where concrete fell
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on falling concrete that shut down a San Francisco Bay Area bridge (all times local):
Authorities have reopened all lanes of a major San Francisco Bay Area bridge that was closed for hours when concrete chunks fell onto a roadway.
Heavy snow in Sierra Nevada causes road, school closures
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains has led to some road and school closures in California.
The California Department of Transportation is advising drivers to avoid traveling if possible because heavy snow is expected throughout Monday.
The Latest: Northbound lanes of US 101 reopen, Caltrans says
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local):
The California Department of Transportation says the northbound lanes of U.S. 101, a vital route between Los Angeles and points north and west, have been reopened from State Route 150 to Milpas. Earlier Saturday night, Caltrans announced that it had opened the highway's southbound lanes.
Several miles of U.S. 101 had been closed because of flooding from heavy storms.
The Latest: California to change gas tax project signs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's gas tax increase (all times local):
The California Department of Transportation will change its highway signs that highlight work financed by the state's recent gas tax increase to remove a website address.
Department spokesman Matt Rocco says future signs on projects funded by the increase won't include www.rebuildingca.ca.gov. The signs will still reference the bill, SB1, that passed last year and implemented the tax increase.
California freeway worker dies in fall from overpass
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say a California Department of Transportation worker has fallen to his death from a highway overpass near San Diego.
Fifty-seven-year-old William Casdorph of Chula Vista fell about 50 feet Wednesday from a transition ramp of State Route 163 over Interstate 805. He died at a hospital.
Authorities say Casdorph was working with a landscaping crew in the center divider when he fell. The accident is under investigation.
Interstate 5 reopens after California blaze forces closure
SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (AP) — A major interstate that connects California and Oregon reopened Monday after a wildfire roared along the roadway and forced a six-day closure while burned trees and charred vehicles were removed.
One lane in each direction of Interstate 5 near the Oregon border was reopened with restrictions and warnings of slow traffic, California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Denise Yergenson said.
The Latest: Interstate to stay closed amid California fire
SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local):
A California official says a stretch of major highway near the California-Oregon border hit by a roaring wildfire will remain closed through the weekend.
Denise Yergenson, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation, said Friday the wildfire that shut down Interstate 5 on Wednesday was still burning out of control along the highway.
The Latest: Forest fire grows in the eastern Sierra Nevada
BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a forest fire in the eastern Sierra Nevada (all times local):
A forest fire in the eastern Sierra Nevada has grown to more than 4½ square miles (11.6 square kilometers) and impacts on travel are increasing.
The California Department of Transportation says Wednesday that State Route 108 is now closed from the Alpine-Mono county line to U.S. 395, which was already shut down in the region.
Woman in box killed as crew clears California homeless camp
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — A homeless woman sleeping in a cardboard box was struck and killed by heavy machinery operated by a road crew clearing a homeless camp, police said Wednesday.
Shannon Marie Bigley, 33, was killed Aug. 1 in a grassy field alongside a highway where a homeless camp was built, the Modesto Bee reported .
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the reopening of (all times local):
California's iconic Highway 1 near Big Sur has reopened 14 months after it was blocked by a massive landslide.
The California Department of Transportation announced the Wednesday reopening but warned there may be one-way traffic at times because of ongoing construction.
It says it will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at the nearby Ragged Point Inn.
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — California transportation officials have targeted July for reopening an iconic stretch of Highway 1 in the scenic Big Sur coastal region that was blocked last year by a massive landslide.
The road that connects Los Angeles to San Francisco was projected to open in mid-September but the California Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it will open to all travelers by the end of July.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a pileup on a highway in Southern California's Cajon Pass (all times local):
The southbound lanes of Interstate 15 in Southern California's Cajon (kuh-HOHN') Pass have reopened after a pileup in fog that injured 17 people.
California Department of Transportation district spokeswoman Terri Kasinga says the interstate reopened shortly before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday but conditions remain foggy.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Multiple vehicles have collided in dense fog on Interstate 15 in Cajon (kuh-HOHN') Pass about 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of Los Angeles and initial reports say at least 17 people have been hurt.
California Department of Transportation district spokeswoman Terri Kasinga says the number of vehicles in the pileup late Wednesday morning is unknown but may involve as many as 20.
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — California transportation officials are targeting mid-September for reopening a stretch of iconic Highway 1 in the Big Sur region that was blocked almost a year ago by a massive landslide following winter storms.
The slide has hindered visitors and hurt businesses on the major tourism route among classic California coastal vistas and landmarks between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Yuba City City Council authorized the next phase in a $100 million-plus interchange project.
The goal is to replace the intersection at highways 99 and 20 with an interchange, according to a City Council staff report.
Caltrans crews to repair roadways, closures expected
The California Department of Transportation announced there will be road repair work in the area through the weekend.
Yuba County: State Route 65 at Oakley Lane: The right shoulder will be closed from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. through April 27 for utility work.
State Route 65 at Morrison Road: Southbound motorists can expect the right shoulder closed from 8 a..m.-11 p.m. daily through April 27.
Series of storms bringing rain and snow to California
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bands of sometimes heavy rain rolled over Southern California Thursday and unleashed a mudslide that trapped cars and shut a key canyon highway through mountains along the coast near Malibu.
The front was the latest in a series of storms that have been bringing much needed rain and snow to California, which has seen a belated spate of wet weather in an otherwise largely dry winter.
Caltrans has two short-term road projects in Yuba County during the week, both on Highway 70.
On the highway between Fourth and Fifth streets in Marysville, a northbound left turn lane is closed from 5 a.m.-7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Between Saddleback Drive and Ellis Road, the northbound right shoulder is closed through Feb. 28.
Caltrans is advising motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions in the Sierra and Valley as an intense cold storm arrives in the area.
Snow levels are expected to drop between 2,000 and 3,000 feet by today, according to the National Weather Service.
Possible thunderstorms are expected in the valley today.
California highway swamped by deadly mudslides reopens
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A coastal California highway swamped by deadly mudslides reopened Sunday after a nearly two-week closure that caused traffic headaches across the region, state officials said.
Traffic began moving again on U.S. 101 in Santa Barbara County shortly after noon, according to Jim Shivers, spokesman for the California Department of Transportation. Officials had promised a day earlier that the highway would be open again in time for the Monday morning commute.
Officials expect Highway 101 to open ahead of Monday commute
MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Transportation officials say they expect to meet a goal of reopening a key highway along the California coast ahead of Monday's morning commute.
U.S. Highway 101 has been cleared of mud in Santa Barbara County. Workers are now clearing drainage areas, stabilizing embankments and working on guardrail and sign repairs. They will also clean and sweep the highway.
Caltrans work to continue after Christmas
Caltrans work continues on Highways 20 and 70 in Yuba County after Christmas, with no traffic-interfering work scheduled.
The project, to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, is underway in Marysville at Highway 20 between I and E streets and on Highway 70 at Fifth Street.
Motorists in Yuba and Sutter counties can expect intermittent lane and shoulder restrictions on Highways 20/70 beginning this week with road work underway by the California Department of Transportation.
The scheduled restrictions in Yuba County are at:
Highway 20, or 10th Street, between I and E streets from 8 p.m.-6 a.m. daily through Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday.
Ember from old blaze lit damaging Southern California fire
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A destructive Southern California wildfire this fall was ignited by windblown embers from an oak that was still smoldering after an earlier fire that is believed to have started when a vehicle struck a highway flare, authorities said Monday.
The first fire damaged four homes and another structure in late September. The second fire, which erupted nearby in early October, damaged or destroyed 80 structures, including homes, in the inland suburbs southeast of Los Angeles.
Commuters warned as freeway connector closes near LA
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — State transportation officials say a Los Angeles-area freeway tunnel will be closed for about a month on weekdays as crews make improvements.
The California Department of Transportation says starting Monday the westbound Interstate 210 connector in Pasadena will shut down from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Commuters who use the Del Mar Boulevard and California Boulevard exits are urged to seek alternate routes and expect delays.
New Big Sur bridge to reopen months after landslide
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A Big Sur-area bridge that was closed when landslides cut off the Central California wilderness area is scheduled to reopen next week.
The California Department of Transportation says the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge on Highway 1 will reopen on Friday the 13th.
Caltrans says crews working around the clock completed the work in months instead of years.
Busy US-Mexico border crossing reopens ahead of schedule
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The busiest border crossing in the United States reopened ahead of schedule Monday after a weekend shutdown for work on a $741 million expansion project.
Traffic began flowing again just after midnight on southbound Interstate 5 and connecting freeways at the San Ysidro Port of Entry connecting San Diego to Tijuana, said California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Caridad Sanchez.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — There may be no more potent reminder of California's humongous snowfall than the plows still clearing roads that snake across the state's highest mountains as summer approaches.
Crews have been digging, blowing and blasting for months — and the work is not finished, though an approaching heat wave could speed up the process.
It's been a brutal year so far for California's infrastructure.
Swinging from a five-year drought to massive rainfall has pummeled the state's structures and roads. Damage to the state highway system is estimated to exceed $1 billion, according to the California Department of Transportation's estimates.
A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state's wettest winters in decades.
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A major new rockslide has buried a stretch of California's iconic Highway 1 in up to 40 feet of stone and dirt, the latest hit in a soggy winter of slides, floods and road closings along the winding Central California coast road, state transportation officials said Monday.
NEVADA CITY, Calif. (AP) — A California state employee who claimed his supervisors harassed him and ignored his documented allergies to perfume and certain chemicals will receive a $3 million payout from a lawsuit he filed against the state.
After a one-month trial, a jury sided with John Barrie, an employee at California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, in Nevada County, the Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/2qTHXSe).
2 dead in shooting at California maintenance facility
RIO DELL, Calif. (AP) — A work-related dispute escalated into a shooting Monday that left two people dead at a California Department of Transportation maintenance facility in Northern California.
California Highway Patrol investigators said they believe a Caltrans employee got into an altercation with his supervisor around 7 a.m. at the facility in Rio Dell, about 190 miles (305 kilometers) northwest of Sacramento.
RIO DELL, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on an employee who fatally shot his supervisor, then killed himself in Northern California (all times local):
Gov. Jerry Brown says Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff in honor of a California Department of Transportation supervisor allegedly shot to death by an employee who then killed himself.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Inadequate highway markings caused a fatal Greyhound bus crash in California last year that killed two people and injured 13 others, including the driver, federal officials said Tuesday.
The National Transportation Safety Board report said that the lack of reflective warning markers on U.S. Highway 101 made the bus driver think he was in the connector lane when he was actually heading straight into a concrete barrier on that dark, rainy morning.
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Demolition work started Monday on a crumbling bridge along the California coast that has stranded residents in the popular Big Sur area and closed part of iconic Highway 1, but it was quickly suspended, officials said.
A giant crane dropped a 6,000-pound wrecking ball on the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge for about three hours, but it only gently tapped the unstable span, California Department of Transportation spokesman Jim Shivers said.
Caltrans to sell homes bought for Pasadena freeway extension
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Transportation is selling homes it purchased decades ago in anticipation of the planned State Route 710 extension through Pasadena and surrounding cities.
Metal nut, possibly from California truck, fatally hits man
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Transportation says a large metal nut that struck and killed a man as he drove on a Northern California freeway may have come from one of its trucks.
Caltrans said Sunday the water truck was driving between job sites at the time of the accident on U.S. Highway 101 in Menlo Park Friday afternoon.
Judge rejects environmental approval of Highway 1 expansion
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has rejected state environmental approval of a plan to expand Highway 1 in Pacifica.
U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria said Friday state transportation officials gave a federal wildlife agency incorrect information when seeking the agency's approval for the work.