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Nighttime freeway lane closures to continue

Truck route and carpool lane construction to shut down I-5

Posted: September 20, 2012 1:15 p.m.
Updated: September 20, 2012 1:15 p.m.

Two Caltrans projects will cause routine lane closures locally on Interstate 5 and Highway 14 tonight and Friday evenings.

Up to two lanes will be closed from the end of the existing northbound I-5 truck lane to Lyons Avenue tonight and Friday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Up to two southbound I-5 lanes will be closed from Lyons Avenue to the end of the existing truck lane on tonight and Friday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The most restrictive driving times will be from 12-4 a.m., but at least one lane will be open at all times.

“There’s nothing out of the ordinary with these lane closures” as work through the Newhall Pass continues, said Kelly Markham, public information officer for Caltrans.

Periodic lane closures will continue as construction continues on the freeway, though which lanes and ramps are closed is subject to change from week to week, Markham said.

The project will add north- and southbound truck lanes to the outside of the I-5 by early 2014 and is part of a $72 million Caltrans project to add I-5 truck lanes in Santa Clarita.

The new southbound truck lane will extend from Pico Canyon/Lyons Avenue on I-5 to Highway 14, and the northbound truck lane will stretch from the 14 freeway to Gavin Canyon.

To widen the freeway, Caltrans will pave the outside and median areas and shift lanes inward, and median retaining walls will be built to accommodate new widened sections.

A second project involving construction of the I-5 and Highway 14 carpool lane connector will also close truck route lanes this week.

The northbound I-5 truck route collector road will be closed tonight and Friday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., and the southbound I-5/SR-14 truck route connector will be closed tonight and Friday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Caltrans expects to complete the $161 million project by mid-2013.

Resurfacing on I-5 from San Fernando to Lake Hughes will cause similar lane closures beginning in mid-2014 when Caltrans begins the $75 million project, Markham said.

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