The job of Los Angeles County’s Department of Transportation is to manage the implementation, operation and maintenance of the Los Angeles Freeways. In this section of the Los Angeles Times article, the project manager talks about the new express lanes on the freeway system, and the toll payers, including the new Pay-Per Mile tolls in the South Figueroa/ Expo Line. The project includes, projects associated with the freeway system, the Hollywood Freeway Extension, the San Fernando Valley Freeway Extension, the San Gabriel River Linkage Project, the Metro Gold Line Foothills project, the Hollywood Freeway Extension, the San Diego Metro Rail widening project, the downtown Los Angeles River Walks, and the Santa Fe Trail gia ep coc be tong mong nha.
There was one other significant component to this major highway construction project, and that was the installation of the concrete pavement for the express lanes. Here, the Los Angeles County Department of Transportation used “slop pile” trucks, and “mixers,” to pour the concrete, and spread it evenly in all the right places. The contractor then has to use “rollers” to place the concrete in place, and then “truck mounts” were used to level it all. The combination of the three different types of equipment can make for a rather difficult job.
There are also many different types of equipment involved in the electrical system of the Los Angeles freeway system. First there was the need for overcrossing equipment. When the freeway system was first built, it had some minor overcrossing requirements, and so the electrical workers were required to complete a special kind of training, in order to be qualified for such jobs. They would complete several types of tests and demonstrate their knowledge and proficiency with the new heavy duty truck overcrossing equipment.
Another piece of major equipment needed for freeway construction projects were the “scaffolding and grubbing machines.” These pieces of heavy equipment have since become known as “scaffolding machines.” They are basically large trucks with hydraulic cylinders in the back, which pumps the sand in, and grinds it out to a fine dust. Once it is installed, it will create a smooth and even surface on the asphalt paving that must remain in place throughout the whole length of the new highway construction project.
Lastly there were the underground utilities. There were several large trucks that had to use their high-pressure wastewater line to pump the liquids and gasses that were created in the massive hole they would be digging. Underground utilities, and sewer lines, also had to be installed, to complete the final steps of the Los Angeles freeway system. Finally there were the light poles, overhead power lines, and the control towers that provide lighting for the project. All of these different pieces of equipment and many more, required a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of the contractors and workers.
Freeways, railways, and other large construction projects like them are complex processes. When it comes to Los Angeles, you never know what is going to happen. There is always something that is going to go wrong. Usually it is the result of poor planning or the inability of someone to think of something better. In this case, the simple fact is that the Los Angeles Freeway Program was not built properly and has failed miserably, causing an immense amount of damage to the environment, both above and below the ground.