Friday, August 30, 2013

Expect Delays on Northbound I-5 in North LA County Over Labor Day Weekend. Really. EXPECT DELAYS.

WHAT: Northbound I-5 in north Los Angeles County will be reduced to three lanes from two miles south of Vista Del Lago Road to two miles south of Smokey Bear Road over Labor Day weekend: Friday, August 30, at 5 a.m. to Tuesday, September 3, at 5 a.m.

Southbound I-5 is not affected — all four lanes will be open during the holiday weekend. The Frazier Mountain Park Road on-ramp, which has been closed, will also be open.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS: EXPECT DELAYS and CONGESTION on northbound I-5 in north Los Angeles County over the holiday weekend, particularly at these times:

                    ► Friday, August 30, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
                    ► Monday, September 2, noon to 5 p.m.

REASON FOR THE LANE REDUCTION: There will be no construction work underway on this project during Labor Day weekend. The lane reduction is due to a traffic split required for a paving project on I-5 between Vista Del Lago Road and the Kern County line. (More info here.) There are several miles of k-rail currently in place, and it's impractical to remove it for the holiday weekend. Here's an illustration of the traffic split: 

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Plan ahead, avoid the area, and use alternate routes. Here are some resources that can help you make smart choices about your holiday weekend travel:

  For real-time traffic information, visit or before you leave.

►  Call 5-1-1 to get driving times.

►  Pay attention to electronic message signs for live traffic information.

►  Travel during off-peak hours.

►  Take transit.

►  Carpool so you can use carpool lanes and get where you’re going faster. 

If you choose to drive it anyway, don't say we didn't warn you.       

For the safety of the construction crew and motorists, please be attentive to closures and slow for the cone zone.   


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Imperial Highway Closures at Interstate 5

Caltrans will begin a two-week construction schedule -during daytime and nighttime- using  partial closures and full closures in both directions on a portion of Imperial Highway near the undercrossing at Interstate 5.  The work begins on Friday, August 30 at 8:30 a.m., and continues until mid-September.  

The schedule is:
Daytime, Partial Closure on Imperial Highway from 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Friday, August 30
and Tuesday through Friday, September 3-6
(one of two lanes will be closed in each direction)

Nighttime, Partial Closure on Imperial Highway from 8 pm-10 pm   
Tuesday through Friday, September  3-6
(one of two lanes will be closed in each direction)

Overnight, Full Closure on Imperial Highway from 10 pm-6 am
Sunday through Friday, September 8-13
(two of two lanes will be closed in each direction)