The grainy photo above is a shot of the final hours of construction on the I-5/SR-14 carpool lane connector. After over four years in construction, it's NOW OPEN! The southbound direction opened at 5:17 p.m. on Sunday, December 23, and northbound opened soon after at 6:15 p.m.
Crews worked 24/7, often in miserable conditions, to get the connector open before Christmas as a holiday present to the people of Southern California. Special thanks go to Security Paving, MCM Construction and the Caltrans construction team, all of whom worked verrrry long hours to make this happen.
The new connector allows motorists traveling in the carpool lane to transfer between freeways without ever leaving the carpool lane. It benefits ALL motorists by reducing congestion and improving traffic flow.
So, go drive your new connector, and Happy Holidays from Caltrans.
For more information about projects on I-5, visit I-5info.com or give us a ring on the toll-free I-5 Hotline at 855.454.6335.