Construction notice: I-5 HOV/Carmenita Road Interchange Project

And meanwhile, at the other end of the I-5, more closures to take place starting tonight. Here’s the release from Caltrans:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will fully close the northbound Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) from Valley View Avenue to Rosecrans Avenue overnight on Monday and Tuesday, August 19 and 20 from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Northbound I-5 motorists will exit at Valley View Avenue and detour signs will direct motorists to re-enter northbound I-5 using the Rosecrans Ave. on-ramp.

The overnight work involves restriping the lanes, setting K-rail concrete barriers and preparing a new temporary northbound I-5 Carmenita Road off-ramp onto a new frontage road alignment called ‘New Freeway Drive,’  located just south of the existing Carmenita Road off-ramp.

The new, temporary off-ramp will open on Wednesday, August 21 at 5 a.m., in time for the morning commute.  Signs will direct motorists to the new Carmenita Rd. off-ramp onto New Freeway Drive, a two lane, one-way road that extends to Excelsior Dr.  From Excelsior Dr., motorists can access Carmenita Rd.


The $1.6 billion Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) South Corridor Improvement Projects extend nearly seven miles from the Los Angeles County/Orange County line to I-605 to widen the freeway, bridges and overcrossings to add one High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane and one general purpose lane.