I-5 HOV Lanes on Schedule South of the SCV

Paving and bridge construction are on schedule for new carpool lanes on Interstate 5 between State Route 118 and the Antelope Valley Freeway, SR14.

Caltrans is building High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV), or carpool lanes, on the 6.2-mile stretch of I-5 south of the Santa Clarita Valley. These will be the first HOV lanes on I-5 in Los Angeles County. Currently, the construction work includes concrete median paving between Interstate 405 and Roxford Street, and construction on freeway bridges in the area.

“This HOV lane project will improve mobility, help to alleviate congestion, encourage carpooling and improve air quality,” says a Caltrans summary of the project. “In addition, soundwalls will be constructed in various locations along the project area to help improve the quality of life for residents who live alongside the I-5 freeway.”

Construction on the $41.6-million project began in May 2005 and is expected to be completed this fall. Plant establishment and landscaping are expected to be completed in spring 2008.

Caltrans provided the following information on the nature of the work and resulting closures: 

Freeway lane and ramp closures will take place, mostly overnight, throughout construction.  These closures will also involve freeway connectors to and from I-5 at the Foothill Freeway (210), the San Diego Freeway (I-405), the Antelope Valley Freeway (14) and the Simi Valley Freeway (118).  Signs and detours will be posted to assist motorists. 

In addition, updates on closures will be distributed to the media, chambers of commerce and cities within the construction area, and information will be posted on the Caltrans website — www.dot.ca.gov/dist07 — to keep the public informed as work progresses. Construction dates and closures are weather-permitting and subject to change. Caltrans is aware of concerns regarding nighttime noise during construction and will do everything possible to keep the noise to a minimum. The California Highway Patrol will assist with traffic management when necessary.