Periodic closures expected on the I-5 until April 14 due to a carpool lane improvement.
Due to the construction of a new carpool lane on Interstate-5, portions of the freeway are scheduled to be closed intermittently between now and April 14.
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Caltrans is constructing a High Occupancy Vehicle, or carpool, lane in each direction on I-5 between the Hollywood Freeway, SR-170, and the Ronald Reagan Freeway, SR-118.
The new lanes are expected to cover 6.8 miles, with 3.4 miles in each direction.
In addition, Caltrans intends to widen four undercrossings, replace sections of pavement and build a direct HOV connector at the I-5/Hollywood Freeway interchange. The connector is designed to allow vehicles to transfer directly from the new HOV lane to the Hollywood Freeway.
This project is anticipated to alleviate congestion, encourage carpooling, improve air quality and provide a smoother ride for motorists, according to a Caltrans press release.
The project is part of a wider effort by Caltrans to create a seamless carpool lane network in California.
As a result of the construction, periodic closures are expected in both directions on I-5. The southbound I-5, between the I-5/Hollywood Freeway interchange and Sheldon Street, is set to be closed intermittently from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m through Apr. 14. The I-5 to Hollywood Freeway connector is expected to be closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m from Sunday, Feb. 23 to Friday, Feb. 28.
The northbound I-5 is also expected to be affected by closures from Feb. 23 to Feb. 28. Up to four lanes between the Ronald Reagan Freeway and the Hollywood Freeway may be closed off during the construction, with a majority of lane closures likely to occur between 10 pm. and 6 a.m.
Additionally, through the end of February, the two lanes closest to the median barrier are expected to be closed between Van Nuys Boulevard and the Ronald Reagan Freeway in both directions on I-5. This closures are expected to occur between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
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Source: Santa Clarita News