Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bypass Lane Implemented on Northbound I-5 Between Vista Del Lago and SR-138

If you’ve spent any time at all driving in Southern California (or just about anywhere, for that matter), you’re familiar with lane and ramp closures. So you won’t be surprised to learn that in north Los Angeles County, the two right lanes of northbound I-5 are closed for pavement work between Vista Del Lago Road and SR-138. But what IS unusual about this closure is that we’ve implemented a bypass lane along this freeway segment to keep three lanes of northbound I-5 open while work on the two right lanes is underway.

Here’s how the bypass lane works. To create an extra northbound lane, we borrowed the inside southbound lane and made it a northbound lane, or bypass lane. That still leaves three southbound lanes for you southbound travelers.

A concrete barrier has been placed between the northbound and southbound lanes. The existing barrier is also still in place, so if you’re headed northbound on I-5 in the left lane, you’ll be switching over to the bypass lane and driving on the left side of the existing barrier. 

The bypass lane is about 7.5 miles long. This configuration will remain in place through August 2013. The great thing about this strategy is that it allows us to complete the project more quickly, which means the construction-related closures end more quickly, too. More info is here.

This isn’t the only bypass lane on northbound I-5 in north Los Angeles County. We implemented the first one, between Gorman Road and the Kern County line, earlier this month. It will remain in effect through November. There’s about three miles with no bypass lane between SR-138 and Gorman Road.

The pavement work prompting the bypass lane is part of a project that’s replacing slabs in both directions of I-5 between the Vista Del Lago Road overcrossing and the Kern County Line, a distance of 15.4 miles. The project, which will be completed in mid-2015, will extend the life of the pavement, reduce maintenance costs and closures, and provide a smoother ride for motorists. More info about the project is here.

Questions? Check out the I-5 website or call us on the toll-free I-5 hotline at (855) 454-6335.