Caltrans | Caltrans, Local Politicians Break Ground on I-5 Roadway Rehabilitation Project
Local and state officials Wednesday hailed the beginning of construction on a $171 million project to upgrade the roadway on heavily traveled Interstate 5, a backbone of the state highway system, in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The I-5 Roadway Rehabilitation Project will replace and repair concrete pavement on nearly 16 miles of the freeway, with an expected completion date in mid-2019.
“This project is an essential investment to improve transportation infrastructure,” Dougherty said. “I-5 is the major north-south trucking corridor that facilitates the movement of goods and people by providing a connection between the Central Valley and the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.”
The improvements are being made on a segment of I-5 that is used by more than 1 million vehicles a week. The project will provide a smoother roadway with a 40-year design life, which will reduce the need for future lane closures for maintenance. Drivers will experience fewer delays in the future while enjoying an improved ride.
Concrete pavement will be replaced in the outside lanes (#3 and #4 lanes). In the inside lanes (#1 and #2 lanes), broken concrete slabs will also be replaced and the lanes will receive profile grinding to ensure a smooth surface for vehicles.
In July, the contractor, Atkinson Construction, began placing temporary lane markings and concrete barriers on the southbound side of I-5 for the first stage of the project.
Stage 1 work will be conducted on the southbound and northbound sides of the freeway, mainly between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weeknights.
Closure of all freeway lanes is expected to occur infrequently during the project.(c) 2017 SCVTV