June 25, 2018
We’re on the Road: Caltrans Breaks Ground on I-5 Pavement Rehab
Local and state officials gathered recently to celebrate the
groundbreaking of a highly anticipated $171 million project to upgrade
the roadway on Interstate 5 in the Santa Clarita Valley in northern Los
The I-5 Roadway Rehabilitation Project will
replace and repair pavement on nearly 16 miles of the freeway, with an
expected completion date in mid-2019.
“This section of Interstate
5 has pavement that is more than 50 years old and no longer adequate
for current and future traffic loads,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm
Dougherty. “This project is an essential investment to improve
transportation infrastructure. I-5 is the major north-south trucking
corridor that facilitates the movement of goods and people by providing a
connection between the Central Valley and the Greater Los Angeles
The improvements are being made on a segment
of I-5 that is used by more than 1 million vehicles a week. The project
will provide a smoother roadway with a 40-year design life.
the next two years, the improvements will be made on 15.8 miles of I-5
from a half-mile south of State Route 14 to 1.7 miles north of Lake
Pavement will be replaced in the outside lanes (No. 3
and 4 lanes). In the inside lanes (No. 1 and 2 lanes), broken concrete
slabs will also be replaced and lanes will receive profile grinding to
ensure a smooth surface.
Stage 1 work is conducted mainly between 9
p.m. and 5 a.m. on weeknights. On most nights, at least two lanes will
be kept open, except from midnight to 4 a.m. when at least one lane
normally will be open. Closure of all lanes is expected to occur
The project is funded by state and federal funds through the State Highway Operation and Protection Program.
Rep. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, reminded guests to spread the word about
the need to travel safely through the construction zone.
looking forward to this,” Knight said. “This 15.8 miles is needed. It’s
not just the smoother road, but it is the economic impact.”
Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, said the project will produce
long-needed benefits for motorists. “I’m excited about this project,”
Wilk said. “This thing is about more than just California. I-5 goes from
Baja California to British Columbia, so B.C. to B.C.”
roadway rehabilitation project is completed, the second phase of the I-5
North Los Angeles County Capacity Enhancement Project is scheduled to
get under way in 2019, with the addition of high occupancy vehicle lanes
between the Newhall Pass and Parker Road.