CALTRANS District 8
Prepares for WINTER
Department of Transportation (Caltrans), District 8 partnered today with
the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), San Bernardino
County, Riverside County, California Highway Patrol (CHP), United States Forest
Service (USFS), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal-Fire),
San Bernardino County Fire Department,
San Bernardino County Sheriff and San Bernardino County Public Works to
provide helpful information to prepare the public for El Niño this winter.
The 2015 EI Niño is projected to be one of the
most powerful in recent record according to the National Weather Service. Weather experts are forecasting a
wetter-than-average winter in Southern California, with weather events likely
to peak in early 2016. Caltrans is preparing roadways for increased volume of
As a result of the strong weather predictions,
Caltrans is preparing for snow and heavy rain events by prepositioning
equipment, materials and increasing staffing levels in regions most likely to
experience extreme weather. In addition, Caltrans crews have cleaned drains and
culverts, replaced signs, refreshed striping, performed mountain rock scaling
and placed erosion control measures. While careful planning and evaluation is
taking place across the region, the weather impact on the drought-stricken
terrain cannot be predicted.
Caltrans joined San Bernardino County and Riverside County officials in multiple
public outreach events to educate and prepare the public for the forecasted El
Watch Caltrans El Niño video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TauWU0dIfIY
Emergency officials are urging the public to Plan, Prepare, Practice..….and Ready Set Go.
more information go to: http://www.sbcounty.gov/uploads/sbcfire/content/oes/pdf/familydisasterplan.pdf
Caltrans and CHP advise motorists to:
Plan ahead and check weather and road conditions before traveling.
Utilize vehicle headlights during weather events, “see and be seen.”
Reduce vehicle speed on wet surfaces and allow a safe following distance from
other vehicles. Rain, oil, and dust equal slippery conditions and traction
problems on roads.
Pay attention to and follow flood warnings and barricades.
Avoid driving through running or standing water, putting yourself, passengers,
and your vehicle at risk. An average-sized vehicle can float in as little as 12
inches of water; deeper, moving water can carry vehicles away.
Drive with caution and give plenty of space to road workers, law enforcement
and emergency responders.
TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!
traveling to the mountain regions should prepare for unforeseen events and
changes in weather that can cause immediate road closures or extended periods
of time on the highway. Winter weekends bring heavy mountain traffic. Motorists
should maintain patience and follow all traffic laws. Please remember to keep
the roadways clean by taking home snow toys and trash.
Caltrans and CHP advise the following:
Motorists are reminded to make sure vehicles are in good working condition
adverse weather. Check tires, brakes, wipers, antifreeze, heaters and exhaust
ALWAYS carry chains when traveling to mountain areas!
When chain controls are in effect, motorists must have chains or an all-wheel
drive vehicle equipped with snow tires on all wheels in order to continue.
Vehicles will not be permitted to proceed otherwise.
Motorists should consider carrying blankets, water, food, a shovel, gloves and
Chain installers may be available should drivers need assistance.
Weather and road conditions can change rapidly causing changes in chain control
locations – know before you go!
Listen to or monitor local weather and traffic reports before you get on the
Please realize that roadways could be closed for the following reasons, among
High winds and blowing snow.
Spinouts and accidents.
In areas where flooding, rock fall or avalanche danger is high, Caltrans may
close the highway for an extended period of time.
During major storms, CHP traffic breaks or escorts may be necessary, so be
prepared for delays or extended periods of travel time.
Motorists should watch for road signs providing road conditions and vehicle
Always follow directions given by law enforcement, emergency responders, and
us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/caltrans8. For information on Caltrans
projects, visit www.caltrans8.info. View traffic conditions at
http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov or view planned lane closures at www.lcswebreports.dot.ca.gov.