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Work smooths out 210 stretch

Replacement of deteriorating concrete evens out the surface, Caltrans says.

May 06, 2010|By Michael J. Arvizu

Motorists on the Foothill (210) Freeway between Angeles Crest Highway and just west of Marengo Avenue can expect a smoother ride due to a recently completed roadway improvement project.

The project, completed during two weekends in March, involved replacing concrete slabs that have undergone erosion deteriorated due to years of exposure to rain, wind, sand and heavy traffic, causing an uneven surface on the freeway.

Both directions of the freeway’s No. 3 and 4 lanes received replacement concrete slabs, said Caltrans spokeswoman Maria Raptis. These were the most damaged portions of the freeway, Raptis said, attributing the damage to heavy truck traffic.

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“It’s all concrete pavement; we go out there on a weekend and remove the damaged, existing tiles and pour them back,” said Dick Vogels, vice president of the project’s contractor, Irvine-based Peterson-Chase General Engineering Construction Inc. Most of the work took place during the early-morning hours, he said.

Funds for the $341,883 project came from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. According to figures published by the state, California has received $2.6 billion for highway infrastructure investment, with $771 million going to local governments.

The city of La Cañada Flintridge also drew on those funds — using $877,000 — for a resurfacing and re-curbing project completed in November, according to Caltrans.


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