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Caltrans promises smoother ride at Fork in the Road plus millions in projects

Christmas at The Fork in the Road, Pasadena, Calif.
Christmas at The Fork in the Road, Pasadena, Calif.
Laura Berthold Monteros

Pasadenans who love The Fork in the Road, an art project installed on the traffic island at the…um…fork at St. John and Pasadena avenues, should be happy to hear that Caltrans is going to be repaving those streets beginning on Monday, July 14, 2014. They might not be so happy to hear that the surrounding streets will be closed intermittently through mid-August.

In addition, Caltrans announced in a June press release that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $510 million to 83 transportation projects in the 2014-1015 fiscal year. Caltrans says the projects “will put people to work improving the state’s highways, bridges, and public transit.”

The Fork in the Road project is funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) and was awarded to All American Asphalt of Corona for $287,872. Both avenues will be repaved with rubberized hot mix asphalt (RA) which will provide a much smoother ride, reduce maintenance costs, lower traffic noise for nearby residents, and is longer lasting.

Work hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on S. Pasadena Ave. between Columbia St. and California Blvd. and S. St. John Ave. between Wigmore Dr. and California Blvd. Motorists should expect delays and occasional noise and dust. Residents will always have access.

For more about The Fork in the Road, see “suggested by the author” links below.

The new funding identified by the CTC was supplemented by an increased estimate for SHOPP, up from $2.2 billion to $2.4 billion, in response to the new state budget, which provides $351 million in new transportation funding through the early repayment of loans made to the General Fund.

Projects include safety, pavement repair and preservation, bridge upgrades, city and county transportation, bicycle and pedestrian projects and mitigating environmental effects of improvements.

The allocations also include $104 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. To date, more than $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.

“To get the most bang for the buck for taxpayers, Caltrans targets dollars where they are most effective - pavement preservation,” Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said. “Every $1 spent on preventive pavement maintenance saves Californians $11 that would have been spent on expensive pavement repairs.”

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