60 Swarm - Benson Avenue Bridge Replacement Project
The replacement of three bridges along SR-60 at Pipeline Avenue, Monte Vista Avenue and Benson Avenue is expected to begin February 3rd. The vertical clearances on these bridges are nonstandard and the structures continue to be struck by oversize vehicles, which causes significant damage.
Some bridges have utilities that run under the bridge and some cable run through the median. To raise the bridges, some utilities need to be relocated. SoCalGas’ work is part of the Benson Ave Bridge Replacement where we will be replacing a pipeline.
Estimated start date: February 3, 2020
Estimated end date: June 8, 2020
Estimated Work hours: Monday – Saturday; 7am – 8pm (subject to change)
What to expect: Southbound lane closure on Benson Ave. between Francis St. and Philadelphia St. Eastbound lane closure on Guardian Way between Vernon Ave. and Benson Ave.
To perform this work safely, the operation may require a controlled release of natural gas. We encourage anyone who has concerns to call us at 1-800-427-2200. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Your natural gas service should continue without interruption. If that changes, a SoCalGas representative will notify you. This letter does not require any action on your part. To learn more about pipeline safety visit socalgas.com.
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This past Sunday, the City of Ontario was informed that the US Department of State would be chartering a flight to repatriate US citizens working for the American diplomatic mission in Wuhan, China due to the coronavirus outbreak. Federal authorities further informed the City and Ontario International Airport (ONT) officials that it was their intent to have ONT airport serve as the intermediate destination for these passengers, where they would be kept under secure quarantine until such time that qualified medical personnel released them to their families.
Upon receiving this notification, ONT staff, Ontario Police & Fire Departments, and various other City agencies joined forces in preparation for their arrival. Since being designated as a repatriation facility a number of years ago, ONT and has maintained the highest level of resources and training to handle situations like this latest operation. Through regular and ongoing exercises between City and ONT personnel, first and secondary responders maintain appropriate protocols to ensure the public’s safety and wellbeing.
After two days of focused preparation, our federal partners notified us late Tuesday evening that they ultimately decided to divert the repatriation flight to March AFB. Although the operation was ended at this point, the City of Ontario and ONT staff were proud to answer the call to serve the needs of the returning U.S. citizens.
The Mayor and City Council would like to thank all our partners for their assistance with this operation. They would also like to thank our residents for their patience during the days of preparation leading up to the potential arrival of the State Department flight. Please know that any actions by the City always consider the overall safety and welfare of our entire community.
There is a sense of excitement in the air as we retire 2019 and reflect on the success Ontario has achieved. Many of those accomplishments help us move forward in 2020 continuing to make Ontario a premier City. Yes, it is a new decade and we will continue to work with you, listen to your concerns and put your suggestions to work. We saw that in the 2019 Resident Satisfaction Survey. The survey results show that 85.8% of those surveyed are very satisfied or satisfied with City services. Almost three‐quarters of those surveyed gave Ontario a ranking of 8, 9, or 10 on a 10‐point scale. 78.8% say that Ontario is headed in the right direction.
Once again, your Council, has maintained its fiscal responsibility to the community and brought forward a balanced budget that meets the needs of our residents and businesses. The 2019-20 Operating Budget is consistent with our Strategic Goals:
- Invest in the Growth and Evolution of the City’s Economy
- Maintain the Current High Level of Public Safety
- Operate in a Businesslike Manner
- Pursue City’s Goals and Objectives by Working with Other Governmental Agencies
- Focus Resources in Ontario’s Commercial and Residential Neighborhoods
- Invest in the City’s Infrastructure (Water, Streets, Sewers, Parks, Storm Drains and Public Facilities)
- Encourage, Provide or Support Enhanced Recreational, Educational, Cultural and Healthy City Programs, Policies and Activities
- Ensure the Development of a Well Planned, Balanced, and Self-Sustaining Community in Ontario Ranch
As we move into 2020 we want to continue to share with you the on-going successes in making Ontario the ideal City in the Inland Empire and hear your feedback. Please share this newsletter with family, friends, and co-workers. If you are on social media, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Happy New Year Ontario!
Are you prepared for wetter-than-average conditions? We have already seen some heavy rains this winter. It’s not too late to prepare for floods or the encroachment of high water into your homes.
Here are some helpful tips to get you started for the season.
1. Yard Clean-Up: Make a general inspection of your entire yard area for dead trees or dead limbs, yard debris, outdoor furniture, or other objects that could be blown by storm winds. It is important not to over-trim trees as improper pruning leaves trees more vulnerable. Read more about proper tree care here.
2. Drains and Gutters: Make sure all drains and gutters are cleared of debris and functioning properly before the storm season. Storm water runoff from impermeable surfaces (e.g., roofs, driveways, and patios) should be directed into a collection system to avoid soil saturation.
3. Roofs: Inspect your roof, or hire a roofing contractor, to check for loose tiles, holes, or other signs of trouble.
4. Retaining Walls: Visually inspect all retaining wall drains, surface drains, culverts, ditches, etc. for obstructions or other signs of malfunction, before the storm season, and after every storm event.
5. Slopes: Visually inspect all sloped areas for signs of gullying, surface cracks, slumping etc. Also inspect patios, retaining walls, garden walls, etc. for signs of cracking or rotation.
6. Bare Ground: Make sure your yard does not have large bare areas which could be sources for mudflows during a storm event. The fall is a good time to put down mulch and establish many native plants; it may be possible to vegetate these bare areas before the storm season.
7. Storm Drains: Visually inspect nearby storm drains, before the storm season and after every rain; if the storm drains are obstructed, clear the material from the drain or notify the Public Works Department at 818-548-3950.
8. Sandbags: Residents may pick up free unfilled sandbags at all Fire Station locations. Sand is available at John Galvin Park, De Anza Park, and Anthony Munoz Park. Please bring a shovel.
9. Flooding: Be aware of the possibility of flooding to make sure you and your family have adequate time to prepare for an evacuation be necessary.
- At Home: Put together emergency supply kits that you can grab and go.
- In Your Vehicle: Have an emergency supply kit. Driving through flood waters is extremely dangerous. NEVER drive or walk into flood waters, seek higher ground if your vehicle stalls, do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, and monitor National Weather Service (NWS) radio for vital weather related information. Watch the “Turn Around Don’t Drown” PSA by the NWS.
- When Outside: Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding. If you are caught outdoors during a heavy rain and flood, climb to high ground and stay there. Stay back from rushing water. If you come upon a flowing stream and water is above your ankles, STOP! Turn around and go another way. Read more about rainy weather safety tips.
10. Pets and Animals: It is important to consider the needs of our animal friends as we approach the cold, wet winter months. An ideal shelter would provide protection from falling rain, both with a roof and sides to prevent wind-driven rain from entering the shelter. Other concerns should include proper storage of food. We recommend that you keep food, water, litter and pan bowls in a secure easy to reach location. Also, always remember to have current ID tags on your pet. Read more about animal preparedness.
There are a variety of ways in which the City of Ontario and first responders communicate to the public during emergencies and disasters.
1. Everbridge: Register for important City notifications during large emergencies including information about evacuations, inundation zones, street closures, and shelter locations.
3. Websites: Visit any city website during a disaster and we will provide updated information needed during an emergency.
City Manager Message - Autumn 2019
Autumn is a time of transition -- summer is behind us, kids are back at school, the new fall lineup of tv shows replace the months-long stream of reruns, baseball is ending and football is just beginning. It's a time when plans are put in place that will guide us through the fall and beyond. Indeed, summer strategies become winter dreams.
With the first quarter over, it is time for us to assess our performance over the first three months of the fiscal year. At the same time, October / November is typically when we finalize the close-out of the previous fiscal year. Taken together, these snapshots help refine our focus on the various goals and objectives adopted as part of the budget. Achievement of these goals and objectives comprise our value proposition to our community and customers: this is what you receive for your taxes, fees, and changes.
This dual notion of evaluation and continuous improvement is often lost in the business of government. Bureaucracies can do too much evaluation and create an “analysis paralysis” situation, or they skip the evaluation loop and simply rely on popularity and political direction in making decisions about programs and policies. In either case, maintaining the status quo generates a force all its own and very often the resulting inertia can preclude meaningful change or adaption.
Here in Ontario, however, we combat bureaucratic stagnation on many fronts. Our management philosophy of “AMD” (Adapt Migrate or Die) and “OEM” (Operate Evaluate Modulate) instills a mindset and focus that our employees should be leaders who are constantly listening, learning and moving forward. Further, we endeavor to cultivate and develop talent with an eye on problem solving and exceptional customer service. All of these traits taken together form the backbone of our “Five Tool Player” employee development concept. Borrowing from the baseball concept of an ideal player (one who can hit, hit with power, throw, field, and run), the City of Ontario wants employees who are Leaders, Thinkers, Operators, Communicators, and Public Servants. In short we want to field a team of leaders who care about the community they serve, who know their job and anticipate their customers’ needs, who can think strategically and tactically, and who can explain even the most complex issues in relatable ways. The net result (we hope!) is that this allows staff to advise policymakers on the City Council about causes, effects and outcomes so that we can continue to make Ontario the special place it is. Performance measurement/ management may not be exciting, but is integral to the concept of continuous improvement, and it’s what helps us help you.
PRESS RELEASE: Ontario Police investigators recovered $10,000 of stolen band equipment that was taken during a burglary at Ontario High School. An OPD school resource officer reviewed hours of surveillance video which depicted two suspects and a vehicle involved in the theft. Suspect, Mark Souza, age 42 of Ontario, was contacted at his residence and fled from officers. He was apprehended a short time later with the use of a police service dog. Once in custody, Souza was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries which he sustained during the apprehension. Read the rest of the Press Release here.
60 SWARM UPDATE: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) 60 Swarm projects continue on State Route 60 (SR-60) to repair deteriorated pavement slabs and replace the Pipeline, Monte Vista and Benson Avenue bridges.
The SR-60 Pavement Rehabilitation Project will continue this weekend with week seven, of fifteen weekends, of full directional closures of eastbound SR-60 between Interstate 15 (I-15) and the 60/91/215 Junction in Riverside from Friday at 10:00 p.m. through Monday at 5:00 a.m. There are two remaining weekend closures of eastbound SR-60 followed by seven weekend closures of westbound SR-60. All lanes and ramps are closed during the directional closures. There will be no closures on the Veteran’s Day holiday weekend.
Motorists who are just passing through are advised to use State Route 91 (SR-91) and Interstate 10 (I-10) around the 60 Swarm as alternate routes to avoid delays. Local businesses are open during the project.
For the re-paving project; eastbound SR-60 nighttime lane and ramp closures will take place from Valley Way to the 60/91/215 Junction in Riverside. Closures will take place September 9 to September 13, from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Westbound SR-60 nighttime lane and ramp closures will take place from the I-15 to Euclid Avenue from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
For the bridge replacement project; There are no closures for the bridge replacement project this week. A traffic reconfiguration will occur on SR-60 west of I-15 for the duration of the project. Lanes will be available in each direction on SR-60 during the day. The speed limit will be lowered to 55 miles per hour within the project limits. For up to date information on the 60 Swarm projects call the 60 Swarm hotline at 1-833-607-9276.
OMUC is part of the Water Education/Water Awareness Committee (WEWAC). WEWAC is offering a grant to teachers for water related programs, activities or fieldtrips. Check out and share the opportunity with our partner educators.https://www.usewaterwisely.com/
Smart Controller Upgrade Program – Residents may qualify for a no cost smart controller? Qualifying residents will receive a free smart irrigation controller with installation. Please visit the Programs and Rebates section for more information. Residents can also contact us at [email protected]
Water main improvements. Anticipated Construction Activities During the Period of September 3, 2019 Through September 20, 2019 on Euclid Avenue. Nighttime activities on Euclid Avenue have concluded. Daytime activities on Euclid Avenue will continue to occur from 9AM to 3PM. Activities on local roads will occur from 7AM to 5PM. During these work hours, some of the lanes of traffic in the work zone may be temporarily closed for the construction activities. See attached memo and map.
COMMUNITY LIFE AND CULTURE
- Ontario Museum of History & Art - Zine Block Party! September 28 12-4 PM
- Ontario 5k Run is back! Dash over to Ontario5krun.com & signup! December 14 in downtown Ontario.
POLICE: Coffee with a Cop is back by popular demand. Come have a cup of coffee or hot cocoa with Ontario Police Department Officers!
- Thursday, September 26 at 10:30 AM at the Lewis Family Branch Library (3850 E. Riverside Drive)
- Thursday, October 17 at 10:30 AM at the Ovitt Family Community Library (215 E. C Street)
FIRE: The City of Ontario & ReadyOntario will be educating business owners & their employees on emergency preparedness.
Press Release: On August 14, 2019 at approximately 1:20 AM the Ontario Fire Department responded to a reported commercial fire located in 100 block of E. Main St. The fire was well involved upon arrival, and the structure was ultimately destroyed. Read the rest of the press release here.
Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board provides multiple Senior Services Programs. Download the flyer below, or contact IFHMB at 1-800-321-0911 ext. 122
Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board can help with Landlord-Tenant Services including evictions, illegal entry, neighbor disputes, run increases, repairs, security deposits, shared utilities and more. Download the flyer below or contact IFHMB at 1-800-321-0911.
SR 60 Swarm Updates - download the flyer below.
The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau (GOCVB) has announced the arrival of its newly redesigned Official Visitors Guide. Download the complete press release below
August 21 - Ontario Police are investigating the death of two children at a residence in the 500 block of East Tam O'Shanter Street. Responding officers discovered two deceased children, one teenage and one infant inside the resident. The mother of the children was inside the residence and unresponsive at the time of their arrival. She has been transported to a local hospital for treatment and is listed in stable condition. Investigators have not yet determined a cause of death and are actively working the screen. Updates concerning the incident will be sent out as information is confirmed.
August 20 - Our Engineers indicate the 2019 Fall Pavement Project is in full swing. The City is currently resurfacing Philadelphia between San Antonio & Euclid and Parco between Riverside & Francis. The paving operation will be ongoing on those two streets this week. We are to begin night work on Fourth Street between El Dorado & Cucamonga tonight. Night work on Mission Blvd between Baker & Grove will begin next Monday (19th). The night work will continue for the rest of the month.
August 19 - Citizen Survey Results Released. Check out the details here.
SAN BERNARDINO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin a paving project on State Route 60 (SR 60) on Monday, July 22, 2019 to repair deteriorated pavement slabs from Euclid Avenue in Ontario to the 60/91/215 Junction in Riverside. Caltrans will also begin a bridge project in fall 2019 on SR 60 to replace Pipeline Avenue, Monte Vista Avenue and Benson Avenue bridge structures. The combination of these two projects and two other local interchange projects has been dubbed the “60 Swarm”.
The $134 million pavement project includes $16.9 million in funding from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. The project was awarded to J. McLoughlin Engineering Company of Rancho Cucamonga and will replace pavement slabs along SR 60, upgrade ADA access points and repave the on and off ramps within the project limits. The project is expected to be complete in fall 2021, weather permitting.
Caltrans is alerting motorists that full directional closures will begin on SR 60 on July 26, 2019 for a period of fourteen weekends. Seven weekend closures will occur on eastbound SR 60 and following another seven weekend closures will occur on westbound SR 60 between Interstate 15 (I-15) and the Junction of 60/91/215. The weekend closures will occur Friday nights through Monday mornings. The closure details are as follows:
- Full closure of eastbound SR 60, including all eastbound on and off ramps, between I-15 and the 60/91/215 junction in Riverside for seven weekends from Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. to Monday mornings at 5:00 a.m. from July 26 through September 9. There will be no eastbound access during this closure. Motorists may use westbound SR 60 to access local on and off ramps.
- Full closure of westbound SR 60, including all westbound on and off ramps, between the 60/91/215 junction in Riverside to I-15 for seven weekends from Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. to Monday mornings at 5:00 a.m. from September 20 through October 28. There will be no access during this closure. Motorists may use eastbound SR 60 to access local on and off ramps.
Detour signage will be in place in advance including information posted on the Caltrans overhead changeable message signs (CMS) along freeways. Motorists are advised to use alternate freeways such as I-10, I-15, SR 210 and SR 91 to avoid the closure and reach your destination. Access to local areas and businesses is available by accessing on and off raps from the opposite direction of the closure. Additional information will be released including a press conference on July 19, 2019.
Concurrently, additional nighttime lane closures and traffic reconfiguration will occur on SR 60 west of I-15 for the duration of the project. Five lanes will be available in each direction on SR 60 during daytime work west of I-15. The speed limit will be lowered to 55 miles per hour within the project limits. Information will soon be forthcoming for the bridge replacement project on SR 60.
Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to Caltrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts. Follow us for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions using QuickMap and planned lane closures.
For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e. Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Kimberly Cherry at 909-383-6290 or TTY 711 by October 31, 2019.
The bridge project will begin in August/September 2019. Information will be released when available.
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The I-10 Corridor Project is moving forward with the first phase of Express Lanes from the Los Angeles County Line to I-15. Construction is expected to start in 2020.
For more information, visit http://gosbcta.com/plans-projects/projects-freeway-I-10Corridor.html
For current information on the Newcastle Outbreak, visit http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/Animal_Health/Newcastle_Disease_Info.html or call the Sick Bird Hotline at 866-922-2473.
"Virulent Newcastle disease (VND), formerly known as Exotic Newcastle Disease, is a serious, highly contagious viral disease that can affect poultry and other birds. In rare cases, humans that have exposure to infected birds may get eye inflammation or mild fever-like symptoms. These signs generally resolve without treatment, however, medical care should be sought if symptoms persist. Infection is easily prevented by using standard personal protective equipment. Virulent Newcastle disease is not a food safety concern. No human cases of Newcastle disease have ever occurred from eating poultry products. Properly cooked poultry products are safe to eat."
- California Department of Food and Agriculture