Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Caltrans, LA Metro and the Federal Highway Administration held a groundbreaking today in Norwalk for construction on the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) that will ease traffic congestion for more than 230,000 daily motorists.

In other news today, Caltrans launched its "Shovel Cam" that was attached to one of the groundbreaking shovels. (see attached video to see and hear how difficult - and fun- a groundbreaking event can be!)   

The I-5 Carpool Lane Widening/Imperial Highway and Pioneer Boulevard Project will widen nearly two miles of freeway in Norwalk by adding one carpool lane and one regular lane in each direction from Silverbow Avenue to Orr and Day Roads; and bridges at San Antonio Drive, Imperial Highway, and Pioneer Boulevard will be rebuilt to accommodate the wider freeway. The improvements also include a new southbound I-5 off-ramp at Imperial Highway, new sound walls and frontage roads.

“This project will be good for commuters and good for the economy,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.  

“In addition to our many transit programs, Metro has a vital role in developing our County’s highway system by providing funds for highway projects,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro Board Chair Michael D. Antonovich. "Metro has committed $965 million in funds for the I-5 South Corridor project which will enhance mobility for commuters, reduce congestion and improve air quality.”

The Imperial Hwy/Pioneer Blvd Project is primarily funded ($167.5 million) by Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. To date, nearly $15 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide. The project also received $104 million in state transportation funds and $30.5 million from Metro’s Proposition C and Measure R. This project is part of a $1.6 billion package of six projects that will add nearly 14 miles of carpool lanes on I-5 from the Los Angeles County/Orange County line to the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605).
“The I-5 corridor projects illustrate how Metro and Caltrans are working together to bring congestion relief to our entire region.” said Metro Board 1st Vice Chair Diane DuBois.
For more information on all the I-5 corridor improvements, please visit