Metro and Caltrans hold ribbon cutting ceremony for I-605 Soundwall Project

Photos: Juan Ocampo/Metro

Metro and Caltrans officials held a ribbon-cutting celebration for the completion of the I-605 Freeway Soundwall Project in the City of Whittier earlier today.

Metro funded the entire $14 million cost of the I-605 Freeway Soundwall Project. This project consists of approximately three miles of soundwalls along the north and southbound 605 in the City of Whittier and unincorporated L.A. County areas, from Slauson Avenue to Oregon Street.

This long-awaited soundwall will provide noise mitigation to nearby residents along the I-605 freeway.

Two-lane closures on southbound 605 between Washington Blvd and Whittier Blvd Jan 10 – 13

4.4 miles of new carpool lanes officially opened on 10 freeway between 605 and Puente Ave.

Caltrans and Metro on Thursday morning officially dedicated 2.2 miles of HOV lanes in both directions on the 10 freeway between the 605 freeway and Puente Avenue in Baldwin Park.

The lanes cost $180 million.

“As the transportation funding authority for Los Angeles County, Metro programmed $192 million for completion of this first of three segments of the I-10 carpool lanes,” said Diane DuBois, the chair of Metro’s Board of Directors. “We are pleased Caltrans delivered this project under the programmed budget. Metro also has programmed the funds for the remaining two HOV lane segments for a total of $560 million.”

The project is the first of three segments that will provide one continuous carpool lane on the 10 freeway between downtown Los Angeles and the boundary with San Bernardino County.

Here is the most recent version of Caltrans’ map showing HOV lanes in Los Angeles County:

LA County HOV System Status 09_2012

 

Freeway connector closures scheduled for I-10/I-605 Interchange Improvement Project

This week’s closures on the I-10/I-605 per Caltrans:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close portions of the connector road from the southbound San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) to the eastbound San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) as part of the Interchange Improvement Project. The following schedule will be in effect, weather permitting:
Monday October 14 – Friday October 18
• 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Three lanes on southbound I-605 from W. Ramona Blvd to I-10
• 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Two lanes on northbound I-605 from I-10 to W. Ramona Blvd
• 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Southbound I-605 connectors to the east- and westbound I-10
• 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. – West Ramona Blvd on-ramp to southbound I-605
• 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Eastbound I-10 connector to northbound I-605
• 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Westbound I-10 connector to northbound I-605
• 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. – Westbound I-10 connector to southbound I-605
• 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Northbound I-10 connector to eastbound I-10
MCM Construction, Inc. is the contractor for this $66 million Design Build project, which will create a flyover bridge from the southbound San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) to the eastbound San Bernardino Freeway (I-10). Detour signs will be posted to direct motorists. Anticipated completion is fall, 2014. Caltrans reminds you to “Slow For the Cone Zone.”

Groundbreaking held for another project to widen I-5 freeway between 605 and Orange County border

Public officials at the groundbreaking this morning including Metro Board Members Diane DuBois and Don Knabe in the center of the frame. Photo by Luis Inzunza/Metro.

Public officials at the groundbreaking this morning including Metro Board Members Diane DuBois and Don Knabe in the center of the frame. Photo by Luis Inzunza/Metro.

The project that broke ground this morning will widen the 5 freeway for 1.2 miles between Shoemaker and Silverbow avenues by adding a general purpose lane and HOV lane in both directions. The project will also widen three bridges over the freeway — at Shoemaker, Rosecrans and Bloomfield. Metro is contributing $42 million of the $214 million cost of the project, with Metro’s money coming from Prop C (1990) and Measure R (2008) sales tax increases approved by county voters.

This is one of six projects that will add a general purpose lane and a carpool lane to the 5 freeway for seven miles in both directions from the 605 freeway junction to the border between L.A. and Orange counties. That border is a well-known bottleneck — Orange County has widened the 5 and added a carpool lane whereas the 5 remains three or four lanes north of the county line. The completion date for all of the projects is 2016.

Below is the program from today’s ceremony and a project map. The news release from Caltrans is posted after the jump.

groundbreaking program I5

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And here’s a project map:

SouthProjects_Rosecrans-OverviewDetails1203

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I-5 South Corridor braces for second wave of congestion-busting improvements

Officials break ground March 19 to launch the I-5 HOV Widening and Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project, the second of six segments of the I-5 South Corrdior Improvement Projects.

Officials break ground March 19 to launch the I-5 HOV Widening and Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project, the second of six segments of the I-5 South Corrdior Improvement Projects.

Caltrans and Metro announced Monday that construction will begin on the I-5 Widening and Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project, the second segment of the I-5 South Corridor Improvement Project that runs from the Los Angeles/Orange County Line to the I-605. Last fall, Caltrans began the first of six I-5 corridor improvement projects totaling more than $1 billion; some of the funding is coming from Measure R.

The $110-million Alondra Boulevard Bridge project will add one carpool lane and one general purpose lane in each direction from North Fork Coyote Creek to Marquardt Avenue, a distance of nearly a mile. The project also includes reconstructing two bridges at Alondra and North Fork Coyote Creek to accommodate a wider freeway, redesigned ramp structures and realigning Firestone Boulevard and Freeway Drive frontage roads.

The Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project is expected to be completed by mid-2015.

The Alondra Boulevard Bridge spans the 1-5 South Corridor in Santa Fe Springs. An estimated 220,000 vehicles travel this section daily.

The Alondra Boulevard Bridge spans the 1-5 South Corridor in Santa Fe Springs. An estimated 220,000 vehicles travel this section daily.

Sound wall project for 605 freeway breaks ground

Metro Directors Don Knabe and Diane DuBois, along with other Metro, Caltrans and CHP officials broke ground Thursday on a $14-million sound wall project along the 605 freeway in the city of Whittier and unincorporated county.
The project consists of approximately three miles of sound walls on both sides of the freeway with a scheduled completion of winter 2013. Metro funded the entire $14 million from Prop C and Measure R monies.

photo by Luis Inzunza/Metro