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 18 - May 25, 2018

** UPDATE Thursday, May 17, 2018**

Caltrans is planning to open the Imperial Highway onramp to northbound I-5 in Norwalk to the driving public at 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, just in time for the holiday weekend. To prepare for that opening, all lanes of the northbound I-5 freeway will be closed from Norwalk Blvd to I-605 from 11 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 until 5 a.m. Wednesday, May 23. 

The Pioneer Blvd on ramp to northbound I-5 will close permanently at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. It will not re-open. (When the Imperial Highway interchange project is complete, it will have on and off ramps in both direction at I-5).  Pioneer Blvd will have some lane restrictions with possible flagging between Imperial Highway and Crewe Rd. from 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, but traffic will be allowed through. 

FLORENCE AVENUE INTERCHANGE PROJECT

This project is 67% complete.

Projected date of completion for the Florence Ave. Bridge: *Updated to December of 2019.

Project date for completion of project: Late 2019.

You may also go to our Twitter page at twitter.com/My5LA for project updates.

Northbound I-5 all lanes are scheduled to be closed from Norwalk Blvd. to I-605 from 11 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 until 5 a.m. Wednesday, May 23 to place K-rail and to stripe in preparation to open the Imperial Highway on ramp.

Detour signs will be in place. Alternate route: westbound State Route 91 (Artesia Freeway) to northbound I-605.

The current phase of construction will focus on completing retaining walls on both sides of I-5 north of Florence Ave. Bridge.

The future Florence Ave. on ramp to NB I-5 (below):

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The concrete portions of the retaining walls along the east side and west side of I-5, north of the Florence Ave. Bridge (below):

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A view of I-5 on north side of the Florence Ave. Bridge (below):

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IMPERIAL HIGHWAY AND PIONEER BOULEVARD PROJECT

Construction on this project is 83% complete.

Projected date of completion: Late 2018. 

Northbound I-5 all lanes are scheduled to be closed from Norwalk Blvd. to I-605 from 11 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 until 5 a.m. Wednesday, May 23 to place K-rail and to stripe in preparation to open the Imperial Highway on ramp.

Detours signs will be in place. Alternate route: westbound State Route 91 (Artesia Freeway) to northbound I-605.

At 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 23 the new Imperial Highway on ramp to northbound I-5 will open to the driving public. The on ramp will only be accessible from westbound Imperial Highway for the first few months. Eastbound traffic on Imperial Highway will be directed by signage to use northbound Firestone Blvd. to northbound I-605 to northbound I-5.

At 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, the Pioneer Blvd. on ramp to northbound I-5 will close permanently. There will be some traffic control on Pioneer Blvd. between Crewe St. and Imperial Highway from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Signs will be placed to direct northbound and southbound traffic on Pioneer Blvd. over to Firestone Blvd. to northbound I-605 to northbound I-5 as the alternate route.

South edge of the San Antonio Bridge before and after back-filling and grading, May 1 , May 9 and May 15 (below):

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Work continues on the top side of the San Antonio Bridge below:

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 South edge of  the Imperial Bridge before back - filling and grading (May 9) and after (May 15) (below): 

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Deck of the Imperial Highway Bridge (below):

Work continues at the approach slab on the north edge of the Imperial Highway Bridge (below):

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 Frame and post for future I-5 freeway sign north of the Imperial Highway Bridge (below):

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I-5 from Silverbow Ave. north all the way up to Pioneer Blvd. is in varying stages of progress with crews spreading base (gravel), grading, compacting and paving. This activity includes compaction with a vibratory roller, so residents in the nearby neighborhoods may experience noise and vibration during the day.

As crews work on Imperial Highway, Norwalk Boulevard and Pioneer Boulevard and Pioneer Boulevard bridges at I-5, one lane in each direction may be closed on each street (at I-5) 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, electrical work, striping and other finishing work.

The contractor has completed installation of the pedestrian walkways along S. Firestone Blvd. and along Shoemakerf Ave. at Shoemaker Ave. Overcrossing (below):

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The concrete decor finish beneath the Shoemaker Overcrossing on N. Firestone Blvd. is complete (below):

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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 27% complete.

Projected dates:
Completion of first half of Valley View Ave. Bridge: Approximately March of 2019.
Completion of second half of Valley View Ave. Bridge: Approximately December of 2020.
Completion of entire I-5 Valley View Ave. Interchange project: Approximately early 2021.

You may also go to our Twitter page at twitter.com/My5LA for project updates.

N. Firestone Blvd. is scheduled to be closed overnight in both directions between Artesia Blvd. & Knott Ave. from 9 p.m. Monday, May 21 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 22 for pothole repair and grading along the corner of Knott Ave. and N Firestone Blvd. Map below:

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N. Firestone Blvd. is scheduled to be closed overnights in both directions between Trojan Way & Phoebe Ave. Tuesday, May 22 and again Wednesday, May 23 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night for grading along Firestone Blvd. and to work on access at the driveway at the furniture store and plumbing supply store. Map below: 

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Crews are installing rebar across the deck of the Valley View Ave. Bridge over I-5. Photos from May 9 and May 16 (below):

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 Men at Work assembling "face forms", or concrete molds for retaining walls on the west side of I-5 at the Valley View Ave. Bridge (below): 

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Bridge deck meets steel girders meet rebar wall meet columns on the east side of I-5. Soon all will connect as part of the Valley View Ave. Bridge (below):

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View of I-5 north of the Valley View Ave. Bridge (below):

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Ramps and columns that will support the future southbound Firestone Blvd. (left) and Valley View Ave. off-ramp from southbound I-5 (right) below:

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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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Demolition of the Coyote Creek Bridge on N. Firestone Blvd. is underway. This is within a closed construction area.

Questions and Answers:

1. Will N. Firestone Blvd. also be rebuilt between Trojan Way and the I-5 on ramp?
Yes, but access between those two points will remain open during construction. The reconstruction will occur without a long-term closure.

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.


*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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