Employees are continuing to suggest improvements to roads and walkways at the Lab through an online forum, and many of these ideas are being implemented. Most recently, walkways near Building 48 have been repositioned and crosswalks at the roundabout have been repainted with higher-traction paint to reduce slipping when the area is wet. Thanks to Wayne Stolte (left), Stephen Derenzo (center), and Preston Jordan for their suggestions to help make the Lab a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.
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The Blackberry Gate will be closed to vehicular traffic, from 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, to 5: p.m. on Sunday, April 21. Signs will be posted directing vehicles to the Strawberry gate. Pedestrians and bicycles will be able to pass through the Blackberry Gate, though bicycles will need to walk through the construction area. Vehicle access is maintained for Building 88.
More than 3,300 people in the U.S. were killed from accidents involving a distracted driver in 2011. While many think distracted driving involves only the use of a cell phone or smart phone, it also includes eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading (including maps), using a navigation system, watching a video, and adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player. However, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction. Learn more about distracted driving and see how local police are dealing with it.
Starting today and continuing through Friday, April 12, the Building 85 Slope Stabilization project will be conducting drilling operations. There will be an increase in truck and equipment traffic in this area. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic are cautioned to use care when traversing this area. Contact Don Beaton (x7109) or Jack Heffernan (x5993) for additional information.
Beginning this week the SERC and GPL projects will have controlled access to McMillan Road for construction vehicle traffic. This construction only access is being implemented to route large construction vehicles off of Lawrence Road and mitigate impacts to Lab traffic. No bicycles, pedestrians or vehicles (except construction), will be allowed access to McMillan Road.
A plainclothes UC Police Department officer repeatedly crossed two high-traffic crosswalks in mid-February to ensure motorists were properly yielding to pedestrians on the hill. Of the 64 events monitored, only one resulted in a citation, although eight instances were considered borderline. No pedestrians were cited, but they too must follow California Vehicle Code rules like: “No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.”
As part of the Slope Stabilization project, several concrete trucks will be entering through Strawberry Gate tomorrow and pouring in the lower lot of Building 85. Truck traffic will start at 7 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Drivers and pedestrians should use caution when traveling in this area.
As part of the construction for the CRT project, AT&T crews will be working on Chu Road between Blackberry Gate and Perlmutter Road (formally E-Road). This work will continue until March 8. Those traversing this area should use caution and obey all traffic controls.
The CRT project is advancing into a new stage of construction. Installation of the large retaining wall is complete and pouring of concrete footings has started. The soil placed in the Bevatron parking area will start to return to the CRT site as the foundation work progresses. Work on the foundation will continue for the next seven months. Although the number of trucks hauling dirt will be significantly reduced, concrete truck traffic will increase. To minimize traffic disruptions, the trucks will be staged on site and coordinated with other construction truck traffic at the Lab. Also, AT&T will be working in Chu Road Road this month. Drivers and pedestrians should use caution in this area.
McMillan Road will be closed for SERC construction activities on Friday, Feb. 8, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The closure will extend from the Wilson slide barricades to the Building 26 driveway. Access to Building 26 will be maintained. Traffic controls and flagging will be established at the intersection of McMillan and “S” Roads. Go here to view a map of the area. Contact Matt Vail for more information.