District 7 - Projects - 2018 Fire Related Projects

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In early November, two wildfires broke out in Los Angeles and Ventura counties that burned over 101,000 acres combined. The Woolsey and Hill fires left a path of devastation, destroying 1504 structures while damaging an additional 343 in its path. The fires also caused various highways to shut down for days, leaving a large amount of damage to infrastructure and nearby hillsides. Caltrans is in the recovery phase of the fire and has begun to make repairs on US-101, State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway), and State Route 23 (Decker Canyon Road).

Woolsey & Hill Fire Map

Click on the tabs to find out more about ongoing emergency projects related to the Woolsey and Hill fires.


Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) Emergency Fire Repairs

SR-27 & SR-1: Caltrans crews will be on duty 24/7 patrolling SR-27 (Topanga Canyon Boulevard) in the canyon area and along SR-1 (Pacific Coast Highway)  through the Woolsey Fire burn area during the storms to immediately respond to flooding and slides. Caltrans recommends motorists use alternate routes during the storms. Please check Quickmap, http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/, for the latest road conditions.

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THE PROJECT

Under a Director’s Order, Caltrans began repairs and preventative measures on Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) following the Woolsey wildfire. The fire started on November 11, 2018 and burned closed to 97,000 acres in the cities of Malibu, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, and in unincorporated Los Angeles and Ventura County communities.

The Woolsey Fired burned hundreds of feet of guardrail, damaged signs, and charred hillsides along PCH and prompted the closure of the highway for days.

SCHEDULE

On Monday, December 3, crews began repairs on various segments of PCH from Topanga Canyon Blvd. to Decker Canyon Rd. Workers are closing the right lane and shoulder in several locations of PCH from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. About 95% of the work will be in the northbound lane.

The estimated completion for the project is in late Spring 2019

BENEFITS

Caltrans took the following measures to restore the highway and prevent any long-term damage to the highway:

  • Replacing damaged metal-beam guardrail;

  • Clearing drainage lines;

  • Removing burned debris;

  • Restoring damaged signs;

  • Applying hydro-seeding along affected slopes for erosion control;


Photos of the burn area along PCH.

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US-101 Woolsey Fire Emergency Repairs

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THE PROJECT

Caltrans began repairs and preventative measures on a nine-mile segment of US-101 in the cities of Calabasas and Agoura Hills following the Woolsey wildfire. The fire started on November 11, 2018 and burned closed to 97,000 acres in the cities of Malibu, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, and in unincorporated communities in the counties of Los Angeles and Ventura.

The Woolsey Fired burned hundreds of feet of guardrail, damaged signs, and charred hillsides along US-101 and prompted a full closure of the highway for days.

SCHEDULE

Crews began repairs on Monday, December 10 along US-101 from Parkway Calabasas Rd. to Reyes Adobe Rd. Workers are closing two right lanes and shoulder in various locations of the highway from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Saturday. The ramps on northbound Las Virgenes Rd. will also be closed during the project duration.

The estimated completion for the project is in Spring 2019

BENEFITS

Caltrans took the following measures to restore the highway and prevent any long-term damage to the highway:

  • Installation of K-rail;

  • Replacing damaged guardrail;

  • Clearing drainage lines;

  • Removing burned debris;

  • Replace damaged fencing;

  • Applying erosion control at affected slopes.


Photos of the burn area along US-101 in Calabasas and Agoura Hills.

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Fire-damaged slope and fence at northbound US-101 Chesebro Rd. off-ramp.


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Fire-damaged slopes south of Las Virgenes Rd.

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Damaged guardrail and downed power lines.


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Damaged guardrail.

State Route 23 Emergency Fire Repairs

SR-23 is open to the public again from SR-1 (Pacific Coast Highway) to US-101.

Starting the week of January 21, contractors will be working along SR-23 to remove slide material that our maintenance crews moved to the side of the roadway during the recent storms, clear drains, and re-establish “flow lanes” directing water to drains. Flagging operations permitting one direction of travel at a time will be in effect at various locations between SR-1 and US-101 while work continues at any time during daylight hours. Expect delays.

Repair work and lane restrictions will continue for an unknown duration. Inclement weather may require full road closures. Motorists with the option should continue to use alternate routes until further notice.

The following work will continue:

The contractor has completed primary installation of the new 31” tall guardrail with metal posts. Additional minor guardrail work will continue intermittently.

Replacement of rock screen and application of hydroseed will be necessary for erosion control on embankment slopes.

Geologists and engineers will review the possibility of replacing some storm drains.

Caltrans and our partners CHP, LASD, L.A. County Fire, L.A. County Dept. of Public Works thank the residents and the public for their patience and understanding.

Please watch for updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CaltransDist7

Flagging operations permitting one direction of travel at a time will be in effect at various locations between SR-1 and US-101 while work continues at any time during daylight hours, seven days per week, except for holidays. Expect delays. Repair work and lane restrictions will continue for an unknown duration. Inclement weather may require full road closures. Motorists with the option should continue to use alternate routes until further notice.

The following work will continue:

  • The contractor has completed primary installation of the new 31” tall guardrail with metal posts. Additional minor guardrail work will continue intermittently. 
  • Frontier Communications continues to install new line to residences, after which Verizon will begin necessary repairs.
  • Replacement of rock screen and application of hydroseed will be necessary for erosion control on embankment slopes.
  • Geologists and engineers will review the possibility of replacing some storm drains.

Caltrans and our partners CHP, LASD, L.A. County Fire, L.A. County Dept. of Public Works thank the residents and the public for their patience and understanding.


Please watch for updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CaltransDist7


Added 01/24/19

 

Photos of the burn area along SR-23.

Aerial view of SR-23 through the burn area:

One of the homes burned to the foundation by the Woolsey Fire:

SR-23 just above SR-1 (Pacific Coast Highway) in Malibu, where critical guardrail will be replaced:

“Rock screen” along the slope of SR-23 that will be replaced:

Some of the burned guardrail that will be replaced with metal posts and 31” high rail:

 

US-101 Hill Fire Emergency Repairs

THE PROJECT

Caltrans began repairs and preventative measures along the Conejo Grade, a three-mile segment of US-101, in the city of Camarillo and in Newbury Park following the Hill wildfire. The fire started on November 8, 2018 and burned 4,531 acres in east Ventura County.

The Hill Fire burned hundreds of feet of guardrail, damaged signs, and charred hillsides along US-101 and prompted a full closure of the highway. The fire also caused damage to the California Highway Patrol’s weigh station.

SCHEDULE

Crews began repairs on Monday, December 17 along on the Conejo Grade of the US-10 from Wendy Dr. to Camarillo Springs Dr. Workers are closing the right lane and shoulder in various locations of the highway between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday.

The estimated completion for the project is in Spring 2019

BENEFITS

Caltrans took the following measures to restore the highway and prevent any long-term damage to the highway:

  • Installing K-rail;
  • Replacing damaged guardrail and fences;
  • Clearing drainage lines;
  • Removing burned debris;
  • Repairing protective mesh;
  • Applying erosion control at affected slopes.

 

Photos of the burn area along the Conejo Grade of the US-101

 

Fire-damaged slopes and drain.

Fire-damaged slope and guardrail.

Damaged shed at the CHP Weigh Station

 

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