June 7, 2001
A routine Caltrans maintenance project at the start of the northbound Costa Mesa Freeway caused traffic backups on Newport Boulevard on Tuesday and Wednesday. The ramp was closed fro approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, and traffic on northbound Newport Boulevard was detoured through Harbor Boulevard. According to Caltrans officials, it was routine maintenance work that involves replacing the asphalt on the onramp. "This is something we do from time to time," said Sandy Friedman, spokeswoman for Caltrans.
April 9, 2004
Alicia Robinson Cleaner water could filter into Orange County because of an agreement by the state Department of Transportation to install filters and other pollution controlling methods along highways around the state. The agreement, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, was the result of a lawsuit filed in 1993 against Caltrans by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Santa Monica BayKeeper. The suit alleged that Caltrans didn't do enough to stop pollution in highway runoff in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and thus violated the Clean Water Act. Newport Beach activist Garry Brown, executive director of CoastKeeper, hopes to use the decision to strengthen his fight against Caltrans.
February 2, 2005
Elia Powers When Costa Mesa lawyer George Cote bought a home near the San Diego (405) Freeway, he never thought he'd have to deal with this. A Caltrans sign alerting freeway drivers to merge left was planted sometime Thursday on the inside of a sound wall that separates his backyard from the freeway. Cote and his wife, Becky Cote, were out of the house at the time. The couple didn't notice the sign that night, but Becky Cote did when she walked to the backdoor window Friday morning and saw it sticking out from the wall.
March 5, 2003
June Casagrande Members of the business community have their fingers crossed that a meeting today between city staff and Caltrans officials will be the final step in three years of negotiations to take over East Coast Highway from Jamboree Road to Newport Coast Drive. "We're hoping this will be the final meeting," said Don Glasgow, a member of the Corona del Mar Business Improvement District. The district initiated the push to get the city to take over the stretch of Coast Highway as part of the Vision 2004 revitalization plan.
September 11, 2003
Deirdre Newman Construction problems on a carpool connector between the San Diego and the Costa Mesa Freeways inspired the Orange County Transportation Authority to examine its management approach. It hired an independent assessment team to study the relationship between the authority, Caltrans and a variety of third party contractors on recent construction projects. The authority board received an action plan based on the study on Aug. 25 and directed its staff to work with Caltrans on the recommendations.
October 2, 2004
Alicia Robinson A new park is in the city's future, though it's not certain how soon that future will arrive. City officials are close to drafting a lease with the state for 15 acres at the intersection of Coast Highway and Superior Avenue. Caltrans owns the property, but plans are underway to transfer it to the state parks department, which will lease it to Newport Beach. The city has wanted for some time to turn the vacant land into Sunset Ridge Park, but officials first had to get state legislation passed to transfer the land and reimburse Caltrans for $1.35 million, which is about what the transportation agency originally paid for the parcel, Newport Beach City Councilman Steve Rosansky said.
January 27, 2002
It's a lock. Or is it? Some interesting items in the "Mondo Bizarro" file this week. The first is the continuing mystery of the freeway locks, which I was pleased to see get some long overdue attention in this very publication. For years, I've wandered the freeways, making my way on appointed rounds, leading a life of quiet desperation in my little car, just as Thoreau predicted -- the quiet desperation part that is. Thoreau didn't know poop about cars.
March 28, 2001
Paul Clinton CRYSTAL COVE -- The state water board has endorsed a decision by its regional counterpart that holds the state's transportation department liable for storm-water runoff into the cove. The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board's statements came Tuesday in a preliminary report circulated in advance of an April 4 hearing on the validity of the California Department of Transportation's appeal of a cleanup order. Caltrans had appealed the regional water board's Nov. 16 cease-and-desist order that set a two-year timeline for cleaning up runoff into Crystal Cove.