Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Caltrans and Metro Groundbreaking Event on the Santa Ana Freeway

Caltrans District 7 and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today broke ground in the City of Norwalk on a $214 million project on the Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) that will significantly lower traffic congestion while improving safety. 

The work is part of the I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects, a $1.6 billion package of six projects extending seven miles from the Los Angeles County/Orange County line to the San Gabriel River Freeway (Interstate 605). More than 220,000 vehicles travel this section of I-5 daily.

The project that began today (the I-5 Carpool Lane Widening/Rosecrans and Bloomfield Bridges Project) is funded by federal, state, and local financing, including $147 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved  transportation bond, $24 million from state transportation funds, and $42 million from Metro’s Proposition C.
The project will add one carpool lane and one regular lane in each direction from Shoemaker Avenue to Silverbow Avenue; reconstruct the Rosecrans, Bloomfield and Shoemaker bridges; build a pedestrian overcrossing at Silverbow Avenue; and upgrade the Firestone Boulevard frontage road.

The first order of business for the project is to close Shoemaker Avenue between Rosecrans Avenue and Excelsior Drive to prepare for the Shoemaker Bridge demolition.  Beginning February 19, crews will mobilize to demolish the Shoemaker Avenue overcrossing and begin its reconstruction. Similar work will follow for the Rosecrans and Bloomfield bridges at later dates.  The pedestrian overcrossing at Silverbow Avenue will be demolished once the new pedestrian overcrossing has been constructed. For more information on the demolition work and closure, call the I-5 Toll Free hotline at 855-454-6335 and sign up to receive construction notifications, or visit