Caltrans Ready for the Next Big Quake


SAN BERNARDINO — California’s State Highway system has more than 12,000 bridges, and since the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, Caltrans’ Seismic Retrofit Programs have focused on seismically retrofitting bridges and bridge expansion joints throughout the state. In a News Flash press release, Caltrans shared what it has done to prepare for large scale earthquakes at major interchanges and bridge structures, and what it does when a quake of magnitude 5.0 or larger occurs.

The current Seismic Retrofit Programs have been focused on identifying and retrofitting existing bridges statewide, bringing them up to the latest seismic safety retrofit standards established to prevent collapse during future earthquakes.

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This News Flash is the 111th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans’ activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that the Department does to enhance California’s economy and livability.

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