Thursday, April 12, 2012

Paramount Boulevard Construction Moves Swiftly

Date: April 11, 2012
District 7: Los Angeles & Ventura Counties
Contact: Patrick Chandler
Phone: 213-897-3630

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bridge Repair on Pomona Freeway (SR-60) Paramount Blvd. Update

Montebello — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) project to rebuild the Paramount Boulevard bridge is still underway as construction crews make daily progress.

“Construction crews and Caltrans engineers, surveyors, geologists, and other staff are working fast and efficiently, seven days a week to rebuild this important connection for this community,” said District 7 Director Michael Miles. “Almost every day a new section of the bridge can be seen under construction or completed.”

So far, the abutments (which will support the southern and northern sections of the bridge), the center columns and bent cap (which will support the center section of the bridge) are nearing completion. The precast girders have been completed and are expected to be delivered to the construction site and erected within the next two weeks.

During construction it is expected that noise and vibrations will not exceed federally accepted levels.

“Motorists should expect nightly full freeway or lane closures along with detours in the coming weeks, said Miles. “So please slow down, move over, and pay attention to the amber lights and signs when driving through a work zone.”

According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, four out of every five victims in a work zone crash is a motorist.

The latest freeway traffic information can be obtained on the Caltrans website: www.dot.ca.gov by accessing the Quickmaps feature.

The Paramount Boulevard bridge was demolished after it was severely damaged by a fuel tanker truck fire last December 14, 2011. Ortiz Enterprises, Inc. of Irvine, Calif. is the contractor on this $5 million emergency project. The funds for this project will be reimbursed by the Federal Highway Administration’s emergency relief program. This project is expected to finish June 2012.

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