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 November 8 -  November 15, 2019

FLORENCE AVENUE INTERCHANGE PROJECT

This project is 84% complete.

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

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

Due to the extensive rains this past winter, there were delays in completion of the current phase of construction. Current construction hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Northbound I-5 scheduled to close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. each separate night Tuesday, Nov. 12 through the night of Thursday, Nov. 14. For continued construction of falsework (temporary frame support) for the second half of the new bridge.

Northbound traffic will be taken off at Norwalk Blvd. and detoured to westbound Imperial Highway to I-605 back to I-5. Map below:

NB-I-5-Norwalk-to-Imperial-to-I-605-Detour-Map

The contractor is constructing "falsework" (temporary frame support) for the second half of the Florence Ave. Bridge in the median of I-5, just north of the existing bridge. Photos below:

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We opened a new FOURTH freeway lane to traffic on northbound I-5 from Alondra Blvd. to the Orr & Day railroad overhead north of Imperial Highway. At that point, it narrows back down to three lanes. After completion of the Florence Ave. interchange, the northbound fourth lane will extend almost to the I-605. We also opened a fourth lane on southbound I-5 from north Imperial Highway all the way to the Orange County line near Artesia Blvd. Map below:

I-5-4th-Lane-Map

The contractor completed pouring concrete for the new lanes in median of I-5 north and south of the Florence Ave. Bridge.

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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 autumn.

IMPERIAL HIGHWAY AND PIONEER BOULEVARD PROJECT

Construction on this project is 96% complete.

Date of completion:  This project is primarily complete as of August 1, 2019. (Punch list & plant establishment in progress).

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

To access northbound I-5 from Norwalk Blvd. use Adoree St. parallel to I-5 north to Imperial Highway. The traffic signal allows traffic to cross Imperial Highway to the on ramp to northbound I-5.

Photo of new decorative concrete work on wall and newly paved street surface under the San Antonio Bridge on July 23: 

Imperial 7-23

New signals have been installed at the Imperial Highway Interchange at I-5 and workers finalized sign installation this week.

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 50% complete.

Projected dates:
Completion of first half of Valley View Ave. Bridge: Open to traffic Monday, October 7, 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 projected date of completion: Revised to *End of 2021

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

Demolition of the second half of the old Valley View Ave. Bridge is complete. Panoramic View during demolition and after below:

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We opened a new FOURTH freeway lane to traffic on northbound I-5 from Alondra Blvd. to the Orr & Day railroad overhead north of Imperial Highway. At that point, it narrows back down to three lanes. After completion of the Florence Ave. interchange, the northbound fourth lane will extend almost to I-605. Map below:

I-5-4th-Lane-Map

On Valley View Ave., new restrictions include:

1. Access from Valley View Ave. to S. Firestone Blvd. (just north of the railroad tracks) is now permanently closed. However, S. Firestone Blvd. remains open to traffic between Marquardt Ave. and Artesia Blvd.

2. The Valley View on-ramp to southbound I-5 from S. Firestone Blvd. is now closed as we add new lanes to the freeway.

3. For the business complex east of Valley View Ave. and north of Park Place, one of the two-way access driveways closed. However, a new road has been constructed to allow one-way traffic to exit the complex on the north end to access Arbor Place.

4. "Old" Valley View Ave. is now closed from the south end of the Valley View Ave. Bridge to the north end.  The existing half of the old bridge is closed so that we may demolish and reconstruct it. Traffic on Valley View Ave. is now traversing the first half of the new bridge.

The contractor is pile driving steel pipe piles in to the ground west of I-5 and south of the bridge for future retaining and abutment walls. Concrete has been poured at the section where Firestone Blvd. will rise to meet the bridge

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IMG_2415Valley 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:

Firestone-Knott-Detour-Map-Snip

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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