Traffic Update: Intersate-5 Grapevine Construction Update

GORMAN, LEBEC, CA and the Grapevine—(Monday Dec. 17-21, 2012 AT 11 a.m.) —Closures for I-5 Pavement Improvement Project were released by Caltrans this morning, to help winter travelers plan their triips. The section affected in this notice extends from Vista Del Lago Road north of Castaic to the Kern County line in Lebec. Here is their advisory

 The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) plans to close multiple lanes of the Golden State Freeway (I-5) in north Los Angeles County as part of a $100.1 million pavement improvement project between Vista Del Lago Road and the Kern County line.

Motorists should expect multiple simultaneous closures in different locations within the limits listed. 

Closure Dates: Monday, December 17, through Friday, December 21

Northbound I-5

§Northbound I-5 between Vista Del Lago Rd. and the Kern County line
One lane: One lane may be closed at any time.
Up to two lanes: 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following day

The most restrictive closures (i.e., the most lanes closed) will happen between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when traffic volumes are lower.

Southbound I-5

§Southbound I-5 between the Kern County line and Vista Del Lago Rd.
One lane: One lane may be closed at any time.
Up to two lanes: 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. the following day
The most restrictive closures (i.e., the most lanes closed) will happen between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when traffic volumes are lower.

Closures will be signed well in advance. 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.

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, will be completed in mid-2015. It 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.

This is part of the December 14, 2012 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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