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 April 13 - April 20, 2018

FLORENCE AVENUE INTERCHANGE PROJECT

This project is 64% complete.

Projected date of completion for the Florence Ave Bridge: Fall of 2018.

Project date for completion of project: Late 2019.

Construction of retaining wall on west side of I-5 continues (below):

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Grading and back-filling along the retaining walls on the east side of I-5 is almost complete. The next step is construction of sound walls. April 3 and April 10 (below):

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The future Florence Ave. off ramp from northbound I-5 (below):

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IMPERIAL HIGHWAY AND PIONEER BOULEVARD PROJECT

Construction on this project is 80% complete.

Projected date of completion: Late 2018. 

Crewe St. is closed at Pioneer Blvd. for cross gutter construction. It will remain closed 24/7 through the weekend and re-open by 8 a.m. on Monday, April 16. Pioneer Blvd. remains open in both directions. Access to Arlee Ave. and the alley just east of Pioneer Blvd. will remain open. Alternate route: Allard St. to the north.

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Imperial Highway is scheduled to be closed under I-5 between Adore St. and Frontage Rd. from 8 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 19 until 6 a.m. Friday, Apr. 20 to pour concrete on the deck of the Imperial Highway Bridge. The southbound Imperial off-ramp will remain open.

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New steel girders over San Antonio / Norwalk Blvd. for the second half of San Antonio Bridge that will support new northbound lanes of I-5 (below):

View from above:

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View from below:

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This past week, crews began pouring the final layer of concrete for the new northbound lanes of I-5 between Imperial Hwy & Pioneer Blvd. (below). The final layer is almost 14" thick:

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Workers also began final block construction of the sound wall along the new Imperial Highway on ramp (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 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 26% 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.

Full freeway closures of Interstate 5 (Santa Ana Freeway) between Artesia Blvd. and Valley View Ave. to construct bridge falsework over the freeway, to shift lanes, and to re-stripe are tentatively scheduled for this week. Closures are subject to change are scheduled as follows:

Sunday, Apr. 15:
• Northbound I-5 all lanes closed between Artesia Blvd. and Valley View Ave. from 11:00 p.m. to 4 a.m.
• Southbound I-5 only left lane open between Valley View Blvd. and Artesia Blvd. from 11:00 p.m. to 4 a.m.for Chevron to remove K-rail.
• Valley View Blvd. and Artesia Blvd. on ramps to northbound I-5 closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
• S. Firestone Blvd. closed in both directions from Marquardt Ave. to Valley View Ave. from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Monday, Apr. 16:
• Northbound I-5 all lanes closed between Artesia Blvd. and Valley View Ave. from 11:00 p.m. to 4 a.m.
• Valley View Blvd. and Artesia Blvd. on ramps to northbound I-5 closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
• S. Firestone Blvd. closed in both directions from Marquardt Ave. to Valley View Ave. from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 Tuesday, Apr. 16:

• Southbound I-5 all lanes closed between Valley View Ave. and Artesia Blvd. from 11:00 p.m. to 4 a.m.
• S. Firestone Blvd. closed in both directions from Marquardt Ave. to Valley View Ave. from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Wednesday, Apr. 18 and repeating Thursday, Apr. 19:
• I-5 all lanes closed in both directions between Artesia Blvd. and Valley View Ave. from 11:00 p.m. to 4 a.m.
• Valley View Blvd. and Artesia Blvd. on ramps to I-5 closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
• S. Firestone Blvd. closed in both directions from Marquardt Ave. to Valley View Ave. from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

These closures are scheduled for separate nights and will re-open each morning. Please go to our Planned Lane Closure web page for confirmation of each night’s closures at https://lcswebreports-new.dot.ca.gov/SearchPreAction.do?district=7.

Northbound detour: Exit northbound I-5 at Artesia Blvd. west to Carmenita Rd., then north to rejoin I-5. Southbound detour: Exit southbound I-5 at Carmenita Dr. south to Artesia Blvd. east to rejoin I-5.

Alternates: westbound State Route 91 (Artesia Freeway) to northbound I-605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) or northbound I-710 (Long Beach Freeway) as an alternate northbound route; and southbound I-710 or southbound I-605 to eastbound SR-91 as an alternate southbound route.

Crews will begin constructing a new driveway for the self-storage facility on Arbor Place located west of the ramp to the Valley View Bridge this week. This may involve intermittent lane blockages with some flagging, but traffic will always be permitted access along Arbor Place and into the self-storage facility.

 Photos of the construction site at the bridge abutment west of Valley View Ave. and northeast of I-5:

New Valley View Ave. Bridge Deck Apr. 10 (below):

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Valley View Ave. Bridge Deck Apr. 3 and Apr. 10, after stem walls were added to the side (below):

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Crew working on retaining wall April 3 and April 10, after concrete molds were removed (below): 

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View from the bridge deck looking west across  I-5 (below). We will be connecting falsework (lumber beams and steel support griders) across I-5 lanes at night this week: 

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Falsework and columns in the median of I-5 (below):

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Photos on the southwest side of I-5 between the freeway and the railroad tracks (below): 

Rebar frame for bridge abutment (support wall) looking east with a view of the falsework in the I-5 median (below):

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Worker measuring out lumber for falsework (below):

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Giant support columns for the Valley View Ave. Bridge and for the future southbound Firestone Blvd. ramp connecting to the bridge (below):

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Decorative concrete for Valley View Ave. Bridge (below):

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Skip loader in action (below):

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Ramp for future southbound Firestone Blvd. (below):

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Worker assembling falsework (below): 

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Support columns that will connect sections of the Valley View Ave. Bridge between I-5 and Arbor Place (below):

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Valley View Ave. Bridge deck between the railroad tracks and Arbor Place (below):

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Grading and compacting continues for the Arbor Place ramp to the Valley View Ave. Bridge (below): 

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Construction of pedestrian walkway with decorative concrete barriers on Arbor Place ramp to Valley View Ave. Bridge is in progress (below): 

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 Grading continues where the Valley View Ave. Bridge meets Park Place (below): 

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Valley View Ave will be elevated to meet with the new Valley Ave Bridge. In turn, N. Firestone 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. Trucks over 2,500 lbs. and/or 25' long are not permitted. 

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. 

Grading continues on new northbound lanes of Firestone Blvd. (below): 

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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 of workers on scene to allow access, if necessary. 

As of 1 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2018, N. Firestone Blvd. is closed beween Knott Avenue and Trojan Way in La Mirada until at least April of 2019 to prepare for the widening of I-5 and allow demolition and reconstruction of the bridge over Coyote Creek. N. Firestone Boulevard will be rebuilt to the east. See below: 

 

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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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