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120 Closing Thursday

Caltrans closing 120 Thursday for Maintenance

SR 120 West – Tioga Pass Road to close for Maintenance
on Thursday, April 30th, 2015.   The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to inform the traveling public that SR 120 West (Tioga Pass) from the junction of US Hwy 395 to the Yosemite Park gate will be closed on Thursday, April 30th, 2015.

For the safety of Caltrans crews and the public, the one day closure is required to allow crews to address rock falling onto the roadway and to perform routine maintenance as a result of last weekend’s storm.  The closure will begin at 7:30 am and end at 3:30 pm.

For the latest in highway information please visit Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call our Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

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Caltrans Names new Director

Caltrans Welcomes New District 9 Director Brent Green

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Brent Green to the position of District 9 Director effective March 2, 2015.

“Moving to Bishop has been a dream of mine ever since I came up camping with my family when I was in high school,” said Green.  “I am excited to have a new challenge, meet new people, and make new friends.”

Mr. Green earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University, San Diego.  He began his career with Caltrans as a Right of Way agent in San Diego and has since moved through the ranks at various positions; the previous being Division Chief of Right of Way and Land Surveys in Sacramento.  Mr. Green’s 24 year plus tenure with Caltrans also includes Acting District 12 Director in Orange County.

Mr. Green brings a broad spectrum of knowledge of the Department’s goals. “I look forward to working with our many public and private sector partners and stakeholders in continuing to provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system throughout District 9,” said Green. “The direction the Department is going is very positive and I will work with everyone to achieve the Department’s new Mission, Vision and Goals.”

His extensive knowledge in departmental policies and procedures, as well as State and Federal laws and regulations will allow him to apply his expertise and knowledge to the District Director position. Brent will be moving to Bishop followed by his wife Lilibeth, after their daughter CJ graduates from high school.  Their son Trenton attends San Diego State University and is working towards an engineering degree.

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Caltrans winter weather tips

Winter weather is not predictable – Be Prepared

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Department of Highway Patrol (CHP) want you to get where you’re going safely this winter. The following are some driving tips that will help you prepare for winter driving conditions:

Winterize your car – Check your brakes, windshield wipers, exhaust system and heater/defroster to make sure they are in good working condition. Check your radiator fluid level and add antifreeze/coolant as needed. Replace wiper blades if needed. Add a winter formula windshield wiper fluid. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and the tread is in good condition.

Check road conditions frequently –During Storms, call 1-800 ROAD (7623).

Carry in your car – a flashlight with extra batteries, blanket, extra clothing, water and snacks, towel, gloves, ice scraper/deicer, shovel, small broom, spare key, sand/kitty litter.

Allow enough time – Slow down.

Don’t panic – If you begin to slide while driving on snow or ice, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer your vehicle in the direction you wish to travel. If you must use brakes and your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply firm steady pressure. If you do not have ABS brakes gently pump the brake pedal. Do not allow the brakes to lock up.

Black Ice –Black ice is nearly invisible. The temperature doesn’t have to be below freezing in order for ice to form on road surfaces. Ice can form, especially when it’s windy, when the air temperature drops below 40 degrees. Low or shaded areas surrounded by landscaping or with a nearby source of water, such as bridges and underpasses, can have icy spots.

Be observant – Do not pass snow removal equipment unless the operator directs you to.

Stay with your vehicle – If you become stranded stay with your vehicle. Conserve fuel while maintaining warmth and be aware of possible exhaust or carbon monoxide problems.

Chains – All vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive and snow tires are required to carry chains when traveling in areas that have chain control. Make sure they are the correct size for your tires and in proper working order. Chains must be installed on drive wheels. Know if your vehicle has front or rear wheel drive. Cable chains are acceptable, but may not provide as much traction as traditional chains. The speed limit when chains are required is 25, 30, or 35 MPH: it is posted and enforced. Chain installers may be available to help install your chains. They are not Caltrans employees. They are independent business people who are licensed to install chains. If you choose to use their services ask for a receipt that includes the installer’s badge number. Chain installers are not allowed to sell or rent chains. When removing chains or installing chains, drive beyond the signs reading “Chain Control/End Chain Control.” Pull over out of the lanes of traffic.

Chain Control Information
R-1 – Chains or snow tread tires with a tread depth of 6/32” and a “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” imprint on the tire’s sidewall.
R-2 – Chains required on all vehicles except four-wheel or all-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels. Engage the four-wheel drive in the 4-high.
R-3 – Chains required on all vehicles; no exceptions.

Tires – To find out if your tire tread depth is at least 6/32”, place a quarter into several tread grooves across a tire. With George Washington’s head upright, if the bottom of his neck completely disappears, your tread depth is at least 6/32”. If you can see any part of the bottom of George Washington’s neck, your tread depth is at or below 6/32” and should be checked. Remember to check to make sure the tires have the imprint “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” which indicate the tire is rated for mud/snow conditions. You may also see the mountain snowflake symbol on the tire.

High winds and blowing snow often cause zero visibility conditions. To protect travelers, the CHP may close the road temporarily until conditions improve. During winter storms spinouts and accidents happen closing the highway. Heavily traveled routes are particularly vulnerable to such closures. Caltrans may meter traffic during the storm, letting fewer vehicles into the area reducing congestion and giving motorists the option of turning around and waiting out the delay in a warm place.

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Hallenbeck Accepts Promotion as new Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento

District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck Appointed Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento

District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck Appointed Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento
District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck Appointed Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento
Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is proud to announce the promotion of Tom Hallenbeck, District 9 Director.  Tom has accepted the position of Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento, Ca. effective October 1, 2014.
 
Tom started with Caltrans right after graduating from Union College with a Civil Engineering degree.  He began his career in the Office of Structures, Design & Construction working on bridge projects throughout the state.  In 1997 he accepted the position of District 9 Director in Bishop, CA.  
 
About his time as District 9 Director in Bishop, Tom stated, “It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the people of the Eastern Sierra for the last 17 years.  I am excited about taking on new challenges but also sad to leave the Bishop community that we have been a part of and raised our family in.  I look back on many accomplishments but look forward to the innovations and applications that will change the way we drive.”
 
Tom also stated that during his tenure in District 9, “We have responded to floods, fires and avalanches.  We have rehabilitated every rest area and almost every “Main Street” in the district and left them more accessible and more complete.  We have expanded and improved the US 395/SR 14 corridor, and by so doing, saved countless lives.  It has been a privilege to be a part of helping improve and maintain the El Camino Sierra and all of the roads in District 9. 
 
District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck Appointed Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento
District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck Appointed Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento
In his new position as the Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations, Tom will perform technical activities in support of the program and local agencies, respond to incidents on State highways, provide traffic design and support for project delivery, and integrate new technology and innovations into our system that will change the way we travel on our highways.
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District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck Appointed Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento

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