Friday, November 16, 2012

Pile Driving Begins for I-5/Carmenita Road Bridge

Caltrans will begin a five-month-long pile driving operation on Monday, November 26 to set approximately 3,000 steel piles into the ground as part of the $380 million I-5 HOV/Carmenita Road Bridge Project in Santa Fe Springs. Work is scheduled to take place during weekdays from 7 am to 5 pm, beginning on Monday 11/26 and continuing through April 2013, weather permitting.

The staging area for the pile driving equipment and crane is within Caltrans construction zones at the intersection of Firestone Boulevard, west of Carmenita Road, abutting southbound Interstate 5. The piles will provide structural support for the new ten-lane concrete Carmenita Road Bridge.

The work is part of the I-5 HOV/Carmenita Road Interchange Project to construct one carpool and one general purpose lane in each direction from Alondra Boulevard to Shoemaker Avenue, realign and upgrade adjacent frontage roads, construct new diamond-style ramps, and reconstruct the bridge from its existing two-lanes to 10 lanes.

I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects: The scope of work for this 7-mile corridor from the Los Angeles County/Orange County line to I-605, includes freeway widening to accommodate one HOV, or carpool lane, and one general purpose lane ramp, bridge and interchange reconstruction and reconfiguration, shoulder construction and widening, concrete median barriers and safety enhancements. I-5 South Corridor Projects are estimated to complete by late 2016.