Monday, March 19, 2012

CONGESTION RELIEF COMING SOON TO SANTA ANA FREEWAY (I-5) AND ALONDRA BOULEVARD BRIDGE



Caltrans today announced that construction will begin on a $110 million project on the Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) that will significantly improve congestion and enhance safety on the heavily traveled corridor where more than 220,000 vehicles travel daily.

The I-5 Widening and Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project will add one carpool lane and one general purpose lane in each direction from North Fork Coyote Creek to Marquardt Avenue, a distance of nearly a mile. The project also includes reconstructing three bridges at Alondra and North Fork Coyote Creek to accommodate a wider freeway, redesigned ramp structures, and realigned Firestone Boulevard and Freeway Drive frontage roads.

The project is funded by federal, state, and local financing, including $99.4 million from Proposition 1B, California’s 2006 transportation bond. To date, the state has allocated more than $11 billion in Proposition 1B funds for transportation purposes statewide. Other sources include $9.1 million from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Proposition C, and $830,000 from the Federal Highway Administration.

The Alondra Boulevard Bridge Project is expected to be completed by mid-2015.