Metro Issues $30.8 Million Contract for I-5 HOV Design

The Phase 2 high occupancy vehicle lanes of the Interstate 5 North Los Angeles County Gateway Improvement Project are taking a significant step forward this month, as the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) executes a $30.8 million design contract, one of the final pieces of the pre-construction puzzle.

“A project of this magnitude requires a great deal of planning and design work, and we’re pleased to see this critical aspect of the project moving forward now, in 2016, so it can be ready for a potential 2019 groundbreaking,” said Tom DiPrima, president of the Golden State Gateway Coalition, which has supported the I-5 improvement project for the past dozen years. 

As of this writing, the contract is being finalized for delivery to CH2M Hill, the engineering firm with which Metro is contracting for the design work.

Upon execution of the contract, design work will begin immediately and is expected to be completed by early 2019. 

The consultant will be preparing the plans, specifications and estimates for HOV lanes in both directions between the I-5/State Route 14 interchange and Parker Road in Castaic, along with auxiliary lanes and enforcement areas for the California Highway Patrol, said Aline Antaramian, deputy executive officer of Metro’s highway program.

“We’re going to have a series of community coordination meetings during the design phase, and all the stakeholders will be notified,” Antaramian said.