Caltrans Maintenance Work Along the Santa Ana River Bikeway

Caltrans will need to clean out debris from one of its culverts located under the SR-91 Freeway (part of an emergency project, hence the late notice). The culvert begins on the south side of the freeway and empties into the Santa Ana River to the north. Recent heavy erosion on the south side of the freeway caused large rock and soil to clog the culvert. As Caltrans stated at a meeting this morning if the drain is not cleared future rain may cause water to fill behind the clog and reach eastbound travel lanes. The work site is located between Coal Canyon and the county boundary along the Santa Ana River Bikeway.

To open the clog Caltrans must park its service vehicles along the edge of a portion of the Santa Ana River Bikeway. A large vacuum truck and water truck will be on-site this coming Monday morning to begin the work. The cleanout will last one to two weeks. Work will begin at 7AM and end at 6PM (Monday through Friday.) Caltrans agreed not to work weekends.

The project may include a bikeway detour off the levee (where the bikeway now exists) to a parallel, paved Caltrans service road located between the levee and the freeway. The bikeway will also narrow from two lanes to one lane in the work area, a distance of about 80’ to 100’. I’ve asked Caltrans to install signs on the approach to the work area and to have at least two flag-persons on site when work is in progress. The bikeway will re-open (both travel lanes) each evening after 6PM. The two trucks will also move off the bikeway after 6 PM and the site will be swept. I will share more information with you as it is provided to me.

Thank you,

Jeff Dickman, Trail Coordinator – Planner IV
OC Public Works, Project Development
300 N. Flower St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703
(714) 647-3937 Office
(714) 240-0883 Cell

Don’t miss: Great Western Bicycle Rally

Mark your calendars, the 2015 Great Western Bicycle Rally in Paso Robles has been scheduled for May 22-25.

Great Western Bicycle Rally was the first of its kind in the nation, it remains the most inclusive, most bicycle centered event of its kind.

It’s also the only face to face meeting north and south cyclists, and CABO representatives, can easily access.

From the GWBR web page:

The Great Western Bicycle Rally has something for everyone.  A common passion for cycling brings all types of rider together for a simply awesome 4 day festival of all things to do with bikes, set in one of the most idyllic cycling locations in California; Paso Robles, one of California’s nominated bicycle friendly cities.


Back Bay Drive Closure Update

The final roadway markings are being applied today and the roadway will be open for all users this weekend.

Installation of new signs and markers will begin Monday and is planned to be complete by Thursday. During this task, the vehicle gates will again be closed to prohibit vehicles, but cyclists and pedestrians will be allowed on the roadway. Upon completion of this task, the roadway will again be opened to all users.

NOTE: During this project, construction workers and equipment may be on the roadway. Users should use caution when entering into and traveling along Back Bay.

Please pass this information on to others that may be interested. If you desire more information, I can be reached at the email address or number below.

Have a great day!

Brad Sommers, PE
Senior Civil Engineer
Public Works Department
City of Newport Beach