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Interstate 5 truck lanes to be extended

Construction slated to begin in May

Posted: March 26, 2012 2:12 p.m.
Updated: March 26, 2012 2:12 p.m.

Construction on extended truck lanes near the Interstate 5 and Highway 14 interchange is expected to begin in May, California Department of Transportation officials said Monday.

The $72 million project will extend the truck lanes on northbound and southbound Interstate 5, according to Kelly Markham, Caltrans public information officer.

The project is designed to relieve congestion and improve safety near the interchange, Markham said.

"It will ease traffic delays and enhance safety by separating truck traffic from the rest of traffic," Markham said.

The southbound truck lane will extend from Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue to Highway 14 - a total length of 3.7 miles - and the northbound truck lane will run from Highway 14 to Gavin Canyon - a total length of 1.4 miles, according to Caltrans officials. Both lanes will connect to the existing truck routes.

The truck lanes will be extended on the outside of Interstate 5 by paving the median area and the outer shoulder and shifting the regular lanes inward, according to Caltrans officials. Retaining walls in the median and two short sections of outside retaining walls will be built to accommodate the widening.

Construction is expected to begin this May and should be completed in early 2014, according to Caltrans officials.
Most of the construction will be done at night to avoid disrupting traffic flow.

Of the $72 million allocated for the project, $70 million will be provided by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program and $2 million is provided by Measure R - a 0.5 cent Los Angeles County sales tax that is used for traffic relief.


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