Groundbreaking held for HOV lane on 5 freeway between the 170 and 118

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Nothing like triple digit temperatures to bust some sod, but that’s exactly what public officials did this morning in the San Fernando Valley on a project that will add 3.4 miles of HOV lane to both directions of the Golden State Freeway between the 170 and 118 freeways.

The $140.2-million project will also widen four under-crossings for the 5 freeway, perform some pavement repair and construct HOV-to-HOV exits and entrances between the HOV lanes on the 5 and 170.

Among the funding sources are Metro, the state of California and the federal government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Officials who braved the heat included Metro Director and L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, State Senator Alex Padilla, Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, Caltrans Deputy District Director Roy Fisher and Metro CEO Art Leahy.