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February 4, 2005
Elia Powers After six days of staring at a "Lane Ends Merge Left" sign that curved into their back yard, Costa Mesa residents George and Becky Cote were given the green light to celebrate on Wednesday. A Caltrans crew removed the sign while the couple was away from its home on New Hampshire Drive. The Cotes were also away from the house when a crew made the initial installation. George Cote said Caltrans information officer Sandy Friedman called Wednesday afternoon to alert him that the sign would be removed from the inside of the sound wall that separates the Cotes' home from the San Diego (405)
NEWS
April 27, 2001
Paul Clinton CRYSTAL COVE -- The state water board on Thursday slapped down Caltrans's appeal of a lower board's order to clean up storm-water runoff into the cove. While the California Department of Transportation lost its appeal of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board's Nov. 16 cleanup order, the agency was given a one-year extension to implement a plan. The transportation agency had questioned the regional board's claim that rain water flowing from Coast Highway into Crystal Cove was illegal in an appeal filed Dec. 15. The cove, one of 35 "Areas of Special Biological Significance" in the state, falls under rules laid out in the state's 1972 Ocean Plan.
NEWS
March 27, 2001
Paul Clinton CRYSTAL COVE -- State transportation officials are fighting efforts by the regional water board to clean up urban runoff into the state park. With the deadline to file a plan to reduce storm-water runoff from Coast Highway quickly approaching, Caltrans continues to resist a Nov. 16 cleanup order more than three months after filing an appeal. The two other parties named in the order, California State Parks and the Irvine Co., already have taken steps to reduce discharges into Crystal Cove State Park.
NEWS
May 2, 2005
Andrew Edwards Caltrans crews are heading into the final stages of a highway project near Crystal Cove that was undertaken to prevent polluted runoff from spilling into protected waters. The bulk of the work is scheduled to be completed in mid-May, agency spokeswoman Sandra Friedman said. "It's just the bioswales that need to be dug -- dug and seeded -- and they should be doing that this week," Friedman said. Swales are like shallow ditches that are planted with various types of vegetation.
NEWS
September 8, 2006
The city of Newport Beach came a step closer Thursday to buying the future Sunset Ridge Park from Caltrans. The California Transportation Commission, which has to approve the sale, tentatively agreed to sell the 15-acre parcel to the city for $5 million, but the two sides still have to work out where to put a view easement Caltrans requested, Newport Beach City Councilman Steve Rosansky said. No permanent structures could be built in the easement, so the view from state-owned West Coast Highway would be protected.
NEWS
April 23, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- While City Council members recently voted to support a proposal to take control over East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, officials at Caltrans have different ideas. The plan supported by the City Council would allow village leaders to remodel the street for Corona del Mar's centennial in 2004. That project, which is called "Vision 2004," would replace bleak-looking Caltrans street lights with green, "heritage-style" lamps and add outdoor dining areas, benches, water fountains and more parks.
NEWS
May 31, 2000
Sue Doyle COSTA MESA -- The California Department of Transportation has filed court documents against C.J. Segerstrom & Sons in an attempt to acquire property needed for an upcoming freeway project. Caltrans is attempting to purchase from the Costa Mesa-based developer pieces of land near the San Diego Freeway at Harbor Boulevard and Fairview Road, said Stephen Chase, an attorney representing the transportation agency. Caltrans filed two eminent domain complaints in Orange County Superior Court last week.
NEWS
November 5, 1999
Susan McCormack COSTA MESA -- Participants were armed with questions when they arrived at a Wednesday night meeting on the 405/55 Improvement Project, but most said they left feeling reassured about the construction's expected effects on traffic. The Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans, who are working together on the project, held the meeting to answer those questions and ease concerns about the project, which began its Costa Mesa phase last week.
NEWS
By Chris Caesar | March 21, 2008
Normally, one heading in for an early trip to the office can look forward only to the mundane: paperwork, burnt coffee and the haze of a dimly lit office. Not so one morning, when Caltrans employee and Costa Mesa resident Francisco Paras Jr. heard screams coming down the hallway from his Los Angeles office at 5:30 a.m. The desperate cries of “Help! Help! Help!” quickly reverted him to his Marine training, he said. He was on it. Turning a corner, he found that his colleague Kris Andersen had fallen down some stairs, injuring her legs and breaking an ankle — not a catastrophic injury, though the alienating darkness and apparent lack of any passersby terrified her, Paras said.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | September 8, 2008
Some Costa Mesa residents are getting annoyed with the amount of trash on local freeways. They want answers, and Caltrans, the body responsible for keeping the freeways clean, will try to give them what they want tonight at the City Council study session. The presentation was initiated by councilwomen Linda Dixon and Wendy Leece, according to City Manager Allan Roeder. Mainly, the problem is excessive trash on the 55 Freeway between 19th Street and the junction with the 73 Freeway.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | November 8, 2013
Orange County Transportation Authority board members pumped the brakes Friday on a decision that could add toll lanes to the 405 Freeway, but the option will be up for discussion again in a month. The 18-person board unanimously agreed that talks with representatives from the California Department of Transportation and with residents from the cities impacted by the 405 widening project should return at the next board meeting on Dec. 9. "I'm going to support this continuance with the caveat that we just have to stay on the gas," Director Gail Eastman said.
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NEWS
April 24, 2013
Herman I. Kimmel Herman I. Kimmel passed away on April 5, 2013. He was born in 1923 and attended local schools in Eagle Rock and Pasadena. He leaves a wife of 34 years, Sharon Baker Kimmel, formerly of Choteau, Montana, and a nephew, David Kimmel of Pasadena. Following service with the U.S. Navy he attended UCLA and majored in Business Administration. Herman was a Registered Traffic Engineer in the state of California where he actively engaged in traffic engineering for more than 40 years.
NEWS
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | July 28, 2012
California Department of Transportation crews began adding striping to the median near the Shake Shack on Wednesday because of motorists making illegal left turns, an official for the department has confirmed. A maintenance work order was submitted to install 800 feet of 12-inch yellow diagonal striping in the median, according to an email from David Richardson, a spokesman for Caltrans District 12. A traffic engineering group visited the location and made the striping recommendation after a complaint from a Corona del Mar resident, Richardson said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | May 30, 2012
The California Department of Transportation and the Orange County Transportation Authority will host the first of four public meetings Monday in Costa Mesa to discuss the possible widening of the San Diego (405) Freeway, a project that could stretch into the city limits. Monday's meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Orange Coast College Student Center, 2701 Fairview Road. The public will get a chance to learn about the proposed widening options and comment on the draft environmental impact report available online . To date, the most attractive option for OCTA officials appears to be the third choice, which would widen the 405 between the San Gabriel (605)
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | February 17, 2012
Seeking to control West Coast Highway's landscaping, the Newport Beach City Council voted Tuesday to keep trying to acquire the road from the state. It may take special legislation, city leaders said, to get enough state funds to compensate for the city's additional maintenance costs and liability. West Cost Highway's lush multimillion-dollar landscape plans could have to be scaled back if the city ends up working within the state's guidelines. A panel of citizens recently spent months drawing up the plans, and spent about $30,000 in consulting fees.
NEWS
September 19, 2011
LAGUNA BEACH — The San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor (73 Freeway) has run into a detour in Laguna Beach. A request by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to sign a freeway agreement related to the road that connects Newport Beach to Aliso Viejo was delayed at the Sept. 6 Laguna Beach City Council meeting. Laguna Beach officials opposed construction of the roadway and much of the sentiment against it remains. The 73 was inherited by Caltrans from the Transportation Corridor Agency, which constructed it, but the standard freeway agreement was overlooked in the process, according to a Laguna Beach staff report.
LOCAL
By Dan Pittman | January 12, 2010
Rutan & Tucker LLP, California?s largest full-service law firm based in Orange County, has announced that attorney Rob Marcereau has been elevated to partner. He joined the firm as an associate in 2000. A member of the firm?s Trial Section, Marcereau has been involved in a variety of business litigation matters, including securities fraud class actions, patent infringement cases, and contract disputes between Fortune 500 companies. He has demonstrated his legal prowess in large scale and high-end construction project disputes, representing nationally recognized contractors and design professionals.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | September 8, 2008
Some Costa Mesa residents are getting annoyed with the amount of trash on local freeways. They want answers, and Caltrans, the body responsible for keeping the freeways clean, will try to give them what they want tonight at the City Council study session. The presentation was initiated by councilwomen Linda Dixon and Wendy Leece, according to City Manager Allan Roeder. Mainly, the problem is excessive trash on the 55 Freeway between 19th Street and the junction with the 73 Freeway.
LOCAL
August 20, 2008
There will be delays on Coast Highway today as construction crews will continue work on West Coast Highway between Dover Drive and the bay bridge, city officials said. All-American Asphalt will raise manhole covers and utility valves as the final work for the repaving project that was done earlier this year. The work will be done between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., causing lane closures and slowing traffic on the highway. City officials are advising drivers to take alternate routes, if possible.
NEWS
By Alan Blank and Chris Caesar | April 2, 2008
The just-started work on West Coast Highway is jamming up traffic, and it’ll get worse before it improves, but officials hope it will all be done in a couple of months. On the first morning of the resurfacing, long lines of cars idled in the eastbound lanes from Superior Avenue to Dover Drive. But the repaving project is badly needed, city officials said. “This is just a short-term quickie to resurface the road,” said Glenda Dobbins, a Caltrans spokeswoman.
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