Friday, January 10, 2014

Northbound Glendale Freeway (SR-2) To Northbound Golden State Freeway (I-5) Connector Open

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Today's Date:      January 10, 2014   
District 7:         Los Angeles & Ventura Counties      
Contact:         Patrick Chandler       
Phone:         213-897-3630       

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Northbound Glendale Freeway (SR-2) To Northbound Golden State Freeway (I-5) Connector Open

Los Angeles – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) today announced that the repair project for the tanker fire damaged northbound SR-2 to northbound I-5 connector which began on November 2 is finished and the connector is now open to all motorists.  The connector opened to all motorists at 10:30 a.m. 

The overall cost of repairs, which includes the initial emergency response, is currently estimated at $16.5 million.  The state will be reimbursed by the Federal Highway (FHWA) Emergency Relief Program. 

“From day one, from the fire to the completion of the construction project, this has been a great a testament of what public agencies can do,” said Acting District 7 Director Carrie Bowen. “Through a strong partnership between Caltrans and the contractor, and federal and local agencies, we were able to cut through the red tape to return this link in our transportation system back to the public.”

The following solutions were used to repair the connector:

  • Hydrodemolition removed any degraded concrete from the surface of the structure.
  • Shotcrete a concrete slurry was sprayed at a high velocity to fill damaged voids.
  • Epoxy injections helped seal cracks in the concrete and provide additional strength to the structure.
  • Carbon fiber wrapping added strength to the outrigger beams on the north side of the connector.
  • Portland concrete cement was used to repave the damaged roadway.
  • Upgraded the connector’s lighting, metal beam guardrail, and added anti-graffiti coated paint.
The intense heat from a tanker fire on July 13 caused extensive damage to the pavement, walls, support structures, drainage, and lighting within the northbound SR-2/northbound I-5 connector tunnel, requiring it to be closed. 

During the incident all lanes of northbound I-5 near the connector had to remain closed for nearly two days as crews erected temporary support beams inside of the connector to support the freeway.  Caltrans was able to safely re-open I-5 by the morning commute on July 15.

C.A. Rasmussen, Inc. or Valencia, California was awarded the contract for this repair project.