I-5 Freeway Expansion Project Construction

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Upcoming closures, detours and activity

 

An easier drive for Southern California commuters is in progress. As road closure information is received from Caltrans, details will be posted regarding the I-5 Freeway Expansion Project in the City of Norwalk (Carmenita, Rosecrans/Bloomfield, and Norwalk/Imperial/Pioneer). For information on other segments along the I-5 corridor, please click on the Caltrans website www.I-5info.com and scroll down the map to the area you are interested in. Also, if you would like instant notifications via email, please click on the left side of the I-5info.com website to register your email address and the particular location you are interested in. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions you would like the City to share with Caltrans, please let us know so that we can bring it to their attention. You can call City Hall at (562) 929-5944 or email us at administration@norwalkca.gov.

 

Click on I-5 South Project Overview to get a big-picture view of the expansion. For specific project areas affecting Norwalk residents, see below.

 

Week of May 17 - May 24, 2019

FLORENCE AVENUE INTERCHANGE PROJECT

This project is 78% complete.

Projected date of completion for the Florence Ave. Bridge:  Early 2020:

Open to traffic: Early 2020.

Also, please  go to our Twitter page at twitter.com/My5LA for project updates.

I-5 Overnight Full Freeway Closures – Norwalk Blvd. to I-605:

11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the night of Sunday, May 12 & repeating the night of Monday, May 13:
• Northbound I-5 all lanes and corresponding ramps closed from Norwalk Blvd. to I-605.
• Southbound I-5 left lane closed from I-605 to Norwalk Blvd. 
• For continued demolition and construction of new traffic barrier rail in the median.

Northbound traffic will exit at the Norwalk Blvd. off ramp and detour onto westbound Imperial Highway to northbound I-605 back to northbound I-5.

11 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night Tuesday, May 14 through the night of Thursday, May 16:
• Southbound I-5 all lanes and corresponding ramps closed from I-605 to Norwalk Blvd. 
• Southbound and northbound I-605 connectors to southbound I-5 will close starting at 9:30 p.m.
• For barrier rail construction in the median and to move K-rail and re-stripe lanes.

Southbound I-5 traffic will be detoured onto southbound I-605, exit on Imperial Highway eastbound to the southbound frontage road that rejoins I-5 at San Antonio Dr.

Alternate route: Westbound State Route 91 (Artesia Freeway) to northbound I-605 to northbound I-5; or the reverse.

These closures are scheduled for separate nights and will re-open each morning by 5 a.m. Please go to our Planned Lane Closure web page for confirmation of closures each night at https://lcswebreports-new.dot.ca.gov/SearchPreAction.do?district=7. Also watch for updates at twitter.com/My5LA.

Workers also completed pouring concrete between forms on the traffic barrier rail along the Florence Ave. on ramp to northbound I-5, above the northbound I-5 connector to I-605. Before and after photos below from April 30 and May 7:

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Workers have been placing forms over the rebar frame of the traffic barrier rail along the retaining wall that separates the Florence Ave. on ramp to northbound I-605 from the I-5 connector to I-605. The next step will be to pour concrete between the forms:

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The contractor poured the first layer of concrete (lean concrete base of LCB) on the connector from northbound I-5 to I-605. Photos from April 23 and April 30 below:

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Workers poured and leveled another layer of lean concrete base for the next section of the Florence Ave. on ramp to northbound I-5. Then they spray a white sealant over the LCB. Photos below from April 30:

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Florence 5-3-19 06 Construction of the retaining wall along northbound I-5 connector to I-605 is complete. Photos below from April 23 show decorative concrete design and worker doing finish grinding:

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The contractor has demolished the old freeway lanes in the median of I-5 south of the Florence Ave. Bridge. They will now lower the roadway surface up to four feet passing under the bridge before repaving. Then construction of the second half of the Florence Ave. Bridge will begin. The contractor will set up a "crusher" conveyor that will crush all of the concrete and asphalt that has been demolished into small aggregate that will be recycled to create base for the new lanes. Photos below:

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Photos of the Florence Ave. loop on ramp to the southbound I-5:

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The concrete batch plant south of Florence Ave. and west of Orr & Day Dr. has been permanently moved.

Orr & Day Rd. south of Florence Ave. the Florence Ave. on ramp to northbound I-5 and the Florence Ave. off ramp from northbound I-5 will all remain closed until the second half of the Florence Ave. Bridge is complete. This is per request by the cities of Downey and Santa Fe Springs, to minimize traffic congestion until the three additional bridge lanes are provided to handle the increase in vehicles. Construction of the second half of the bridge is projected to begin by late summer.

IMPERIAL HIGHWAY AND PIONEER BOULEVARD PROJECT

Construction on this project is 95% complete.

Open to traffic: *Early Summer 2019. 

Also, please go to Twitter page at twitter.com/My5LA for project updates.

I-5 Overnight Full Freeway Closures – Norwalk Blvd. to I-605:

11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the night of Sunday, May 12 & repeating the night of Monday, May 13:
• Northbound I-5 all lanes and corresponding ramps closed from Norwalk Blvd. to I-605.
• Southbound I-5 left lane closed from I-605 to Norwalk Blvd. 
• For continued demolition and construction of new traffic barrier rail in the median.

Northbound traffic will exit at the Norwalk Blvd. off ramp and detour onto westbound Imperial Highway to northbound I-605 back to northbound I-5.

11 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night Tuesday, May 14 through the night of Thursday, May 16:
• Southbound I-5 all lanes and corresponding ramps closed from I-605 to Norwalk Blvd. 
• Southbound and northbound I-605 connectors to southbound I-5 will close starting at 9:30 p.m.
• For barrier rail construction in the median and to move K-rail and re-stripe lanes.

Southbound I-5 traffic will be detoured onto southbound I-605, exit on Imperial Highway eastbound to the southbound frontage road that rejoins I-5 at San Antonio Dr.

Alternate route: Westbound State Route 91 (Artesia Freeway) to northbound I-605 to northbound I-5; or the reverse.

These closures are scheduled for separate nights and will re-open each morning by 5 a.m. Please go to our Planned Lane Closure web page for confirmation of closures each night at https://lcswebreports-new.dot.ca.gov/SearchPreAction.do?district=7. Also watch for updates at twitter.com/My5LA.

Workers are completing decorative concrete and tile work on walls under the I-5 bridges on Imperial Highway, Norwalk Blvd., and Pioneer Blvd. Photos below are from Norwalk Blvd. and Pioneer Blvd. on April 23 and May 7:

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IMG_0660Construction of this interchange is nearing completion. The contractor is finalizing construction along Imperial Highway and Norwalk Blvd. at the I-5 interchanges. After tile and concrete work is done on the walls under the bridges, final pavement will be poured for the remaining lanes of the reconstructed interchanges at Imperial Highway and Norwalk Blvd. 

If crews work on Imperial Highway, Norwalk Boulevard and Pioneer Boulevard at I-5, one lane in each direction may be closed on each street with traffic control during the daytime, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

ROSECRANS AVENUE & BLOOMFIELD AVENUE BRIDGE PROJECT

Construction on this project is 97% complete. The work that remains will include landscaping and finishing work.

CARMENITA ROAD INTERCHANGE PROJECT

All work has been completed on the Carmenita Road Interchange project.

VALLEY VIEW AVENUE INTERCHANGE PROJECT

Construction on this project is 40% complete.

Projected dates:
Completion of first half of Valley View Ave. Bridge: Revised to *late 2019.
Completion of second half of Valley View Ave. Bridge: Revised to *late 2021.
Firestone Blvd. reverts to two lanes in each direction at Valley View Ave: End of 2021.

I-5  Valley View Ave. Interchange project open to traffic: Revised to End of 2021

Also, please go to our Twitter page at twitter.com/My5LA for project updates.

Workers are now securing forms over the center rebar stem walls on the deck of the bridge in preparation for a concrete pour. Photos below from April 23 and April 30:

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Construction of the ramp of the new, elevated Firestone Blvd. connecting to the Valley View Ave Bridge is underway. Workers have completed constructing the "soffit" (underside of the deck) over the steel beams with plywood. Photos below from April 23 and 30:

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Workers began prepping the construction area where the southbound Valley View off ramp from I-5 will connect to the bridge this week. Falsework (frame support) will be constructed, including the placement of elevated steel beams. Photos below from April 30:

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A close-up view of some of the steel equipment used to rebuild the I-5 Valley View Ave Interchange: 

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Valley View Ave. will be elevated to meet with the new Valley View Ave. Bridge. In turn, N. Firestone Blvd. will be elevated to meet Valley View Ave. In preparation for these modifications, N. Firestone Blvd. is now reduced to one lane in each direction between Gateway Dr. and Valley View Ave. 

Restrictions:
Trucks 2500 lbs. or more and / or at least 25’ long will not be permitted to:
• Drive on N. Firestone Blvd. between Valley View Ave. and Gateway Dr.
• Turn left or right onto N. Firestone Blvd. from Valley View Ave.
• Turn left from the northbound I-5 Valley View Ave. exit ramp at Gateway Dr.
to access Valley View. They must turn right onto N. Firestone Blvd.

Access to all local businesses will remain open.

Through the remainder of this project, there will be recurring closures of:

N. Firestone Blvd. between Valley View Ave. and Gateway Dr.

Valley View Ave. between Alondra Blvd. and Park Place.

Access to businesses within those closure parameters will ALWAYS be permitted. Secure the attention to workers on scene to allow access, if necessary.

N. Firestone Boulevard is CLOSED between Knott Avenue and Trojan Way in La Mirada until at least April of 2019 to prepare for the widening of I-5 and to allow demolition and reconstruction of the bridge over Coyote Creek. N. Firestone Boulevard will be rebuilt to the east. Closure and detour map below:

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The City of La Mirada has requested increased assistance from the La Mirada Sheriff's Department enforcing the traffic regulations prohibiting large trucks from using N. Firestone Blvd. between the I-5 on and off ramps and Valley View Ave. Caltrans will secure enforcement assistance from the CHP and will be adding more signs to divert large trucks from the restricted portion of roadway.

Questions and Answers:

1. When construction is complete, will S. Firestone Blvd. still run through from Valley View Ave to Artesia Blvd.? 
Yes.

2. When N. Firestone Blvd. is re-opened between Knott Ave. and Trojan Way, will traffic signals be installed at those two intersections?
The construction plans currently provide for stop signs only. Any changes would need to be requested by the city of La Mirada.

3. Will N. Firestone Blvd be rebuilt from Trojan Way all the way to the I-5 ramps? Yes


*DISCLAIMER: Due to the dynamic nature of construction, please note that all dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen operational factors or inclement weather.

 

 

For information regarding upcoming closures, detours and other construction activity, be sure to check out the project Google map. This map will be updated in real time, with the latest information regarding project construction. Click the image below to view the map.

                                

 

 

 

 

                                               
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