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Archive for August, 2012

Today’s Date: Friday, August 31, 2012
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito
and Santa
Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1/ROCKY CREEK VIADUCT PROJECT BEGINS TUESDAY

MONTEREY COUNTY – A project to construct a permanent viaduct about 15 miles
south of Carmel near the Rocky Creek Bridge along Highway 1 will begin
Tuesday, September 4, Caltrans officials have announced.

Roadwork is scheduled to take place seven days a week and be completed in
August of 2013. In addition, some planting of new vegetation will occur.
The original project was envisioned as a five day work week with completion
in December of 2013.

This project came about after a roadway slipout caused severe damage to the
southbound lane and required Hwy. 1 to be closed from north of Big Sur and
south of Carmel at Rocky Creek from March 17 through April 16, 2011. The
contractor for this $11 million project is Golden State Bridge Inc. of
Martinez.

In order to minimize impact and as part of the project, some overnight
closures will take place but there will be plenty of advance notification
for motorists, residents and businesses.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving
through highway work zones.

For traffic updates on other state highways in Monterey County, motorists
can call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at (805) 549-3318 or visit the
District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm

Susana Z. Cruz
Public Information Officer /
Portavoz de Relaciones Públicas
(805) 549-3138
(805) 549-3326–Fax

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Please be on the lookout for lightening and potential fire. Please call 9-1-1 if you see smoke or if you see or are in a hazardous situation.

From NOAA:

One product issued by NWS for:

Hazardous Weather Outlook
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
1034 AM PDT FRI AUG 3 2012

CAZ507-510>512-517-518-041745-
NORTH BAY MOUNTAINS-EAST BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS-
EAST BAY HILLS AND DIABLO RANGE-SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS-
SANTA LUCIA MOUNTAINS AND LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST-
MOUNTAINS OF SAN BENITO AND INTERIOR MONTEREY COUNTY INCLUDING
PINNACLES NATIONAL MONUMENT-
1034 AM PDT FRI AUG 3 2012

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA AND
MONTEREY BAY AREA.

.DAY ONE…FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT

ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE BY SATURDAY MORNING IN
HIGHER TERRAIN AREAS OF EXTREME SOUTHERN MONTEREY AND SAN BENITO
COUNTIES. OCCASIONAL CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING WILL BE THE PRIMARY THREAT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY

ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED ON SATURDAY WITH SEVERE
WEATHER NOT EXPECTED. THE GREATEST RISK IS ACROSS THE HIGHER
ELEVATION TERRAIN OF THE AREA. STORMS ARE POSSIBLE BY MID MORNING
SATURDAY ACROSS THE HIGH TERRAIN OF MONTEREY AND SAN BENITO
COUNTIES WITH THE POSSIBILITY FOR ADDITIONAL ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN
PORTIONS OF THE FORECAST AREA DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING
HOURS SATURDAY. DRY LIGHTNING…RESULTING IN AN ENHANCED WILDFIRE
THREAT AS WELL AS OCCASIONAL CLOUD TO GROUND STRIKES PRIMARILY
ALONG RIDGE TOPS WILL BE THE PRIMARY THREATS.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SIGNIFICANT WEATHER
CONDITIONS PER STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES.

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State of California • Department of Transportation

NEWS RELEASE
Today’s Date:​July 31, 2012
District:​Headquarters – Sacramento
Contact:​Matt Rocco
Phone:​(916) 654-5467

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ​

Caltrans Announces QuickMap – an Online Service
for Real-Time Travel and Traffic Information

SACRAMENTO – Caltrans today announced it has launched Caltrans QuickMap, an online service that provides California motorists with real-time traffic and travel information that will allow them to make better decisions about how to reach their destination more rapidly.

To access Caltrans QuickMap, visit the Caltrans site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

“A wide range of useful information is now easily accessible to help motorists avoid congestion and reduce their travel times,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “This exciting innovation delivers real-time data so travelers can adjust their routes to get where they’re going as quickly as possible.”

Visitors to the online interactive travel map can access nearly 1,000 freeway cameras and more than 700 electronic message signs on highways statewide. They can also monitor traffic congestion, California Highway Patrol incidents, travel time information, lane closures due to highway roadwork, and Amber Alerts. Other helpful features of the service include chain control information and color-coded traffic speed displays for freeways statewide.

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