Why are there orange fences all over I-5? – Orange County Registry

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Q Hi Honk. In the northern part of Los Angeles County, I-5 is being widened to add HOV lanes through the Santa Clarita Valley. What is the delimiting orange temporary fence? I noticed the mesh fences on the exit and on-ramps and on the side of the highway in the brush. My first guess is that the fences show where the dirt will be removed to create more room for the new HOV lanes. However, in some places the fence seems to be placed haphazardly. It works intermittently for 10, 15 miles along the highway.

— Michelle Moyer, Castaic

A. That’s not a christo creation, but rather ESA fences – fences of environmentally sensitive areas.

“It’s about protecting or showing which areas are ecologically sensitive,” said patrick chandlera spokesperson for LA Metro.

It prevents workers from straying into places that harbor valuable plants or creatures. In this case, Chandler said, the protected are oak trees and riparian habitat.

The project, by the way, is huge.

In addition to a carpool lane in each direction from Parker Road in your city, Michelle, to State Route 14, there will be an expanded northbound trucking lane, a new sound lane, noise barriers, and more lanes. motorway between certain ramps.

LA Metro and Caltrans are overseeing the upgrades, which are expected to be completed in 2026 – so expect the ESA fences to drag on for a while.

Q Greetings, Hong. I remember a time when mud flaps were needed on vehicles such as trucks that had tires sticking out of the wheel arches. Now it seems fashionable and fashionable to do without it. Has the law changed? If not, why is it not applied? I find it very rude, disrespectful and irresponsible of vehicle owners when throwing rocks which hit other vehicles on the road.

—Tim Brown, Riverside

A. Irritating, and sometimes costly, when your windshield or hood is marked with a pebble, isn’t it?

Well, the law remains the same.

If the rear tires extend beyond the fenders or there are no fenders, the car or truck needs flaps, whether it’s a big truck or a small sedan.

California Highway Patrol officer and spokesman Jake Sanchez said motorcycles were exempt.

Hard to say if the law is enforced as much as it was then, Tim. But Honk argued with the officer about it.

“At the end of the day, the CHP is going to enforce the most dangerous and atrocious violations,” Sanchez said.

He brought up some of the less serious traffic offenses – no front number plate, no rear light cover, tinted front and side windows – then mentioned a speeder going 90mph, or a carelessly weaving driver. on different paths.

Ultimately, he stressed, it is up to each patroller to decide which offenses to focus on.

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