OC Drivers Urged To Use Alternate Routes Ahead Of 5 Freeway Closure
SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — If you plan on driving the northbound Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) from Orange County into Los Angeles this weekend, you could be dealing with the equivalent of a two-day Sig Alert.
KNX 1070′s Vytas Safronikas reports an extended closure is planned on the northbound Santa Ana Freeway from Valley View Avenue to Carmenita Road. It also includes the westbound Route 91 connector to the northbound I-5.
The closure starts at 12 a.m. Saturday and will run through 5 a.m. Monday morning.
Caltrans officials say motorists heading from Orange County to Los Angeles County could experience delays of up to 90 minutes if nearly half of the traffic is not diverted to alternate routes.
“This extended closure for the coming weekend is for one weekend only, one direction only, one lane only, one ramp only, and also one connector will be closed,” John Yang of Caltrans said.
The construction work during the Nov. 16 -18 weekend is part of the $110 million I-5 HOV Widening and Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project to construct one carpool lane and one general purpose lane in each direction from North Fork Coyote Creek Bridge to Marquardt Avenue, according to officials.
Caltrans has put electronic message signs (EMS) and portable EMS in place to redirect northbound I-5 traffic to State Routes 22, 57, 91 and I-605.