If you're headed out of town on northbound I-5 in north Los Angeles County over Labor Day weekend, be aware that the freeway will be reduced to three lanes from two miles south of Vista Del Lago Road to two miles south of Smokey Bear Road from Friday, August 30, at 5 a.m. to Tuesday, September 3, at 5 a.m. So, expect delays and congestion in this area, and don't say we didn't warn you if you choose to drive it. You know the drill for these closures: plan ahead, avoid the area, or use an alternate route.
There is some good news: southbound I-5 is not affected — all four lanes will be open during the holiday weekend.
Why the lane reduction? It's due to a traffic split required for the paving project between Vista Del Lago Road and the Kern County line. The split is necessary so that crews can pave the #3 lane. At the traffic split, motorists in the #3 lane will merge into either the left (#2) lane or the right (#4) lane. Here's an illustration:
To avoid getting caught in congestion on any freeway over the long weekend, before you head out, check real-time traffic conditions at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or go511.com, or call 5-1-1.
Closure information for this and other freeway projects is available on the Caltrans website: http://www.lcswebreports.dot.ca.gov/lcswebreports/
For the safety of the construction crew and motorists, please be attentive to closures, slow for the cone zone, and move over one lane where possible.
Questions? Visit I-5info.com or call us on the toll-free I-5 Info Line at (855) 454-6335.