If you regularly use SR-14 (aka the Antelope Valley Freeway) between Santa Clarita and Palmdale, we don’t need to tell you that there’s a paving project underway. It’s pretty hard to miss. Crews are currently replacing slabs in both directions between Via Princessa and Mountain Springs Road — a distance of about 20 miles. (Learn more about the project here.)
Normally, a project of this magnitude would take almost two years to complete, but Caltrans has fast-tracked the work and will finish in just 75 days. We’re now about a third of the way through, and we’re on schedule to wrap up in August.
Crews are currently working primarily in the southbound direction. Most of the work is being done at night, so multiple lanes will be closed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., but you’ll still be able to get through — albeit more slowly than usual. One lane in each direction may be closed during the day.
You may have noticed that in some parts of the construction zone the pavement is rough. Rest assured that we WON’T leave it this way. These are new slabs that haven’t yet been ground down. Once grinding is complete, they’ll be nice and smooth.
You may have also noticed that some slabs have a yellow tinge (see the photo above). The yellow is a curing agent that helps the concrete set up. Once the slabs have been ground down, the yellow will disappear.
If you have questions about this project (or any others), call Caltrans Public Affairs at (213) 897-3656, or send us an email here.