California transportation officials say an iconic stretch of Highway 1 in the scenic Big Sur coastal region that was blocked last year by a massive landslide is ready to reopen to traffic. The California Department of Transportation says the road that connects Los Angeles to San Francisco will be open to all travelers by midmorning Wednesday. The department says construction workers made great progress and the road will open weeks earlier than expected. They had announced its opening by the end of July. Highway 1 was blocked by a massive landslide in May 2017 that moved millions of tons of earth, displacing 75 acres (30 hectares) of land. A stretch of Highway 1 south of Big Sur is repaired after being wiped out by a massive landslide in 2017. (July 17, 2018) Photo credit: Caltrans District 5 The debris slid well out into the ocean, creating 15 acres (6 hectares) of new coastline about 9 miles (14.5 kilometers). Copyright Associated Press … [Read more...] about Iconic Calif. Highway 1 Ready to Reopen After Big Sur Landslide
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By Sarah Ravani Updated 11:38 am PDT, Friday, October 5, 2018 A big rig that overturned and spilled 27 tons of dirt onto the roadway early Friday on Interstate 680 in Pleasanton is lifted up. The accident resulting in major traffic delays. A big rig that overturned and spilled 27 tons of dirt onto the roadway early Friday on Interstate 680 in Pleasanton is lifted up. The accident resulting in major traffic delays. Photo: CHP Dublin A big rig overturned and spilled 27 tons of dirt onto the roadway early Friday on Interstate 680 in Pleasanton, resulting in major traffic delays, authorities said. A big rig overturned and spilled 27 tons of dirt onto the roadway early Friday on Interstate 680 in Pleasanton, resulting in major traffic delays, authorities said. Photo: CHP Dublin Click through this slideshow for the cities where residents have … [Read more...] about 27 tons of dirt spill onto I-680 after crash, severe traffic alert issued
The Illinois State Police increased enforcement efforts to maximize the safety of the traveling public over busy holidays throughout the year by participating in traffic safety programs. The holiday safety campaigns managed by the Illinois Department of Transportation through its Bureau Safety Programs and Engineering help to reduce the number of accidents involving injuries and fatalities. Through grant funding, these campaigns allow state and local law enforcement agencies that work in conjunction to identify traffic related violations including impaired driving.Safety Programs Catch ViolatorsThroughout the year, nearly 150 local and state police agencies in Illinois participate in enforcement activities during the state’s major holidays. This includes increasing patrol hours during the day and night and focusing their “concentration on impaired driving violations.” During this timeframe, citations for traffic violations rise significantly. Been stopped by the … [Read more...] about Review of Illinois Traffic Safety Programs
In the wake of GM’s ignition-switch, the Secretary of Transportation, Anthony R. Foxx, directed an investigation into NHTSA’s (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) defect investigation policies and procedures. Specifically, Secretary Foxx requested that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) assess NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation’s (ODI) procedures for (1) collecting vehicle safety data, (2) analyzing the data and identifying potential safety issues, and (3) determining which of these issues warrant further investigation. On June 22, 2015, the Department of Transportation released the OIG’s report titled “Inadequate Data and Analysis Undermine NHTSA’s Efforts to Identify and Investigate Vehicle Safety Concerns.”While tacitly acknowledging that ODI is understaffed to tackle the large volume of information that flows into the agency, the OIG report points to a number of … [Read more...] about DOT Issues Scathing Internal Report of NHTSA’s Defect Investigation Processes: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
For the past two weeks, a Florida judge has been thinking about the Ryan Cornett case every day as he drove to work.Although the state highway patrol determined that Cornett, then 17, wasn’t responsible for the death of Duke Gray, 37, in April 2007, the teen was charged with leaving the scene of an accident. (His lawyer says paramedics told him it was OK to go.) Gray, the investigation found, was drunk and speeding and had already crashed his motorcycle in Land O’Lakes when Cornett ran over him as he lay in the roadway, reports the St. Petersburg Times.But Gray’s mother was convinced there was more to the story than that, and she wanted Cornett to serve some jail time. She cried as Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa took time out of a busy morning to talk with her and others involved in the case in chambers, before sentencing.“Every time I tried to work this Rubik’s Cube … I haven’t been able to do it,” Siracusa said at yesterday’s … [Read more...] about Fla. Judge’s Dilemma: How to Sentence Teen in Traffic Death?