Monday, June 3, 2013

Bypass Lane on Northbound I-5 Near Gorman Starts Today

If you’ve spent anytime 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 the two right lanes of northbound I-5 are closed for pavement work starting today from just south of Gorman Road to just north of the Kern County line. 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 three miles long. This configuration will remain in place through November 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.

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.