Starting Monday night, Oct. 16, the California Department of Transportation will paint new temporary lanes on a section of Interstate 5 aka the Golden State Freeway in and near the city of Santa Clarita, where a two-year, $171 million repaving project has been underway since July.
The changes will begin at 9 p.m. Monday and are scheduled to be completed by 5 a.m. Tuesday. The schedule is weather-permitting and is subject to change.
Caltrans urges drivers to allow extra travel time and exercise caution in the area with the new temporary lanes.
The changes Monday night will eliminate temporary “split lanes” that diverged around a work area in the center of the freeway’s southbound side. Starting Tuesday, drivers will find a new arrangement of four adjacent lanes shifted toward the median on the southbound I-5 between Lyons Avenue and south of Calgrove Boulevard.
Crews also are working on the northbound side of the freeway. The I-5 Roadway Rehabilitation Project is replacing and repairing concrete pavement on nearly 16 miles of the Golden State Freeway from State Route 14 (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. Much of the work is being done at night, with some lanes closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Lower speed limits are posted in the construction area. Traffic fines are doubled in construction areas, and the California Highway Patrol is on duty.
Guy F. Atkinson Construction is the contractor on the project, which has state and federal funding. Information about the I-5 Roadway Rehabilitation Project in North Los Angeles County/Santa Clarita is available online [here]
Caltrans reminds drivers to “Be Work Zone Alert.”