Friday, January 11, 2013

I-5/SR-14 Carpool Connector Ribbon-Cutting

Caltrans hosted a ribbon-cutting this morning for the new I-5/SR-14 carpool connector. The connector opened on December 23, but this was the official event, complete with giant scissors, velvety red ribbon and elected officials (see photo above). 

The completion of the connector means you can now transfer between I-5 and SR-14 without leaving the carpool lane, which gets you where you’re going more quickly. Plus, it’s safer because it reduces weaving maneuvers. The $175.8 million project also constructed almost two miles of carpool lanes in the interchange area. Carpool lanes, incidentally, will save you about a minute per mile.

Big thanks to the construction team — including Vladimir Gurfinkel, Fred Young, MCM Construction and Security Paving — for more than four and a half years of hard work, frequently in cold, windy, miserable conditions. Enjoy your new connector! Here are the people who built it:

Questions about Caltrans projects on I-5? Give us a ring on the I-5 hotline or email us through the I-5 website.