Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Traffic Advisory: I-5 Closures in South Kern County

If you travel I-5 in north Los Angeles County and up into Kern County, there are some closures in the area we’d like you to know about related to pavement work.

The southbound I-5 off-ramp to Frazier Mountain Park Road will be closed Monday through Friday, from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., through mid-July, 2012. So, if you’re headed southbound, use the Lebec Road off-ramp to access Frazier Mountain Park Road during closures. If you’re headed northbound, no worries. The northbound I-5 off-ramp to Frazier Mountain Park Road will remain open during this phase of construction.

There will also be lane closures on I-5 in the area. The #3 lane (count left to right) on southbound I-5 is closed from the Lebec Service Road overcrossing to the Frazier Mountain Park Road overcrossing — temporary concrete barriers are in place on both sides of the lane, so be prepared to go around. Additional closures of lane #4 will occur Monday through Friday, from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., along this section of freeway.

The closures are part of a project that's upgrading pavement on southbound I-5 in Kern County from the Kern/Los Angeles County line to 0.1 mile north of the Grapevine Creek Bridge near Lebec. For more information about the project, visit the Caltrans District 6 website or give them a ring at (559) 445-6259.

Expect long-term lane closures 24/7 during this phase of construction, which is scheduled to wrap up by mid-July. Yes, there will be delays. Use alternate routes when you can, and check traffic before you leave. Speaking of which, Caltrans QuickMap is a great resource for real-time traffic info.