Frazier Mtn Park Road on-ramp and Gorman southbound off-ramp now open

GORMAN, CA (Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.) — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to close the lanes, ramps and connectors listed below as part of a $100.1 million pavement improvement project on the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between Vista Del Lago Road and the Kern County line. Closures are subject to change.

Closures for this project had been suspended for the winter and have recently begun again. Motorists should expect regular closures at multiple locations in the project area through November 2013.

NOW OPEN: The southbound I-5 Gorman Road off-ramp and southbound I-5 Frazier Mountain Park Road on-ramp have been reopened.

For the safety of the construction crew and motorists, please be attentive to closures, slow for the cone zone, and move over one lane where possible.

Closure information for this and other freeway projects is available on the Caltrans website:

Closure Dates: Sunday, April 28, through Friday, May 3

Northbound I-5

One lane of northbound I-5 between Vista Del Lago Rd. and the Kern County line may be closed at any time.

Smokey Bear Road off-ramp
TIME: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Smokey Bear Road on-ramp
TIME: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Southbound I-5

One lane of southbound I-5 between the Kern County line and Vista Del Lago Road may be closed at any time.

Smokey Bear Road off-ramp and on-ramp
TIME: 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

About the Project

This project will replace slabs in both directions of I-5 between the Vista Del Lago Road overcrossing and the Kern County Line, a distance of 15.4 miles.

The two outside lanes and outside shoulder will be completely replaced, and damaged pavement slabs will be replaced in the inside lanes. Additionally, the project will update drainage features, upgrade the wooden guardrail posts to metal, add post mile signage, widen the inside shoulders, replace broken approach and departure slabs, and repave ramps.

This $100.1 million project, which will be completed in mid-2015, will extend the life of the pavement, reduce maintenance costs and closures, and provide a smoother ride for motorists. The contractor is Griffith/Coffman Joint Venture of Brea, Calif.

Most of the construction will be completed at night to minimize inconvenience to motorists, though there will be some work during the day.

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This is part of the May 3, 2013 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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