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Caltrans logoThe California Department of Transportation will paint new temporary lanes with lower speed limits on a section of Interstate 5, aka the Golden State Freeway, in the Santa Clarita Valley as a $171 million repaving project gets underway Monday night.

The roadway rehabilitation project will repair and replace the pavement on nearly 16 miles of I-5 from State Route 14 (aka the Antelope Valley Freeway) to north of Lake Hughes Road.

The construction phase of the project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019. The work will be done in short sections of two miles or less to reduce inconvenience to the traveling public.

Much of the work will be done at night, requiring some lane closures on most weeknights.

Between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., at least two freeway lanes will be kept open for traffic in the work zone, except from midnight to 4 a.m. when at least one lane will be open for traffic.

The first area to receive new pavement is on the I-5 between Calgrove Boulevard and Route 14.

There, beginning at approximately 9 p.m. Monday, Caltrans will close some southbound lanes while workers place concrete barriers (K-rail) along the freeway and adjust some lanes to create a safe working area for construction crews.

By Wednesday night, July 12, the same activity is scheduled to begin on the northbound side, involving placement of concrete barriers and shifting the location of freeway lanes.

For safety reasons in the construction area, a temporary speed limit will be posted, typically 50 or 55 mph depending on location. Caltrans advises drivers to be alert and drive defensively, especially in work zones. Traffic fines are doubled in construction areas, and the California Highway Patrol will be on duty.

Atkinson Construction of Irvine is the contractor on the project, which is being paid by state funds from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program, which funds the repair and preservation of the state highway system.

The schedule is subject to change and weather-permitting. Future updates about construction activity and more information about the I-5 North County/Santa Clarita Valley pavement rehabilitation project will be available from Caltrans online at http://www.dot.ca.gov/d7/projects/details.php?id=56 and on Twitter @CaltransDist7.

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23 Comments

  1. Krista Fish Krista Fish says:

    Amanda Guevara cause there isn’t enough traffic already 🙄

  2. 3 right lanes southbound from 126 to Calgrove are terrible. I hope Better compaction and concrete lasts more than 5 years!

  3. Nanci Tretta Nanci Tretta says:

    As I appreciate the roads being maintained the traffic is going to be a nightmare! Parking lot 😡

  4. As explained to me by a engineer for Cal Trans, this is a blessing. The weather is best for repaving and they have the money. They will do it in the evening hours. Nobody should complain

  5. Why over two years to do this? They should have contracted it out to a private contractor with penalties attached.

  6. Autumn Wood Autumn Wood says:

    Blake Wood get prepared ☹️

  7. Let’s hope they build some new sound walls too!

  8. I was hoping for the carpool lane being extended. Oh well.

  9. Has anyone noticed what a great job was done adding the carpool lane at the 5 and 14 split? They made a lane end going uphill 5 northbound and the carpool lane ends going up hill as well so now there’s always traffic going north on the 5 😂 and the abrupt right going south on the 5 were the carpool lane starts … how bad can this be 😂😂

    • vjohns1997 says:

      Yeah Teejay agreed, the engineers that designed that ridiculous transition can’t actually use this road. Even the way they designed the 14 sb carpool lane is a joke; everyday I see idiots jumping out of carpool double yellow lines to go 5 lanes over 210 onramp.

  10. …..and this is a 2-year project. Also on the drawing board is the Centennial project. In the state EIR, there is a statement that there will be traffic impact on the I-5 @ 138, the 14/138 interchange & SIGNIFICANT traffic on the I-5/14 interchange (seriously???? I-5, 210, 14 & semi’s now… MORE?????)

  11. Dan says:

    It’ll be interesting to see how slow the work goes on this. They contractor – C.A. Rasmussen, a local company – is still out there on the 126 bridge at Commerce Center Drive. This has to be going on for at least three years now. I go thru there twice at least three or four days a week and have never seen them seriously at work, looking as though time is of the essence. Caltrans never seems to understand the importance of expediency just in regard to safety, alone.

  12. Andres says:

    2 year project… RIP my sanity

  13. Lance Snoke says:

    1st of all by working at night 8 hours a day is a joke…. if you remember 1994… they worked 24/7. The state needs to change the law that states all highway jobs must be 24/7 from start to finish…period this obviously cuts the job from 24 months to 8 months. That’s 16 less months of cars idling which shoul equate to less pollution. It’s up to us to complain to our representative s.

    • Steve says:

      We can all look forward to the TOLL CAR POOL LANES that will be completed in two years. The state of California is sticking it to us all again and again. Oh, yeah!

  14. GG says:

    Why block lanes if you not even going to start work yet. Why are we suffering when they are still constructing the plant to even do the work. Just wait until school starts forget getting anywhere on the 5 freeway

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