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:
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.”
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.
And here’s a project map:
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.
photo by Luis Inzunza/Metro
If you’re watching this at work, consider this an “earphones” alert. The video is from the band “It’s Casual” and the song is called “The Red Line” and is decidedly pro-transit.
In an email, front-man Eddie Solis wrote the song is non-fiction account of a working professional who chooses to take public transportation “because the freeways are not so nice.” In the song, Eddie takes particular umbrage with the 210, 605 and 101.