Friday, May 30, 2014

Caltrans Reopens Reconstructed Shoemaker Avenue Bridge

Caltrans today opened the newly reconstructed Shoemaker Avenue Bridge, connecting two cities of Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs. It is one of three new bridges to be constructed for the $180 million Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) HOV/Rosecrans, Bloomfield, Shoemaker Bridges Project that broke ground on February 6, 2013. The two-lane, local bridge that spans Interstate 5 reopened today following a Ribbon Cutting event held on the Shoemaker Avenue Bridge. The bridge was completely demolished shortly after the project began and rebuilt within 15 months with current design standards and features, including a longer span to accommodate a wider I-5 freeway that is now under construction. The bridge carries approximately 15,000 vehicles daily. The bridge, with no on-ramp or off-ramps connecting to the freeway, mainly serves local commuters, school transportation buses and many commercial and business vehicles. The bridge connects two cities: Norwalk on the north side of the bridge and Santa Fe Springs towards the south. The work is part of the I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects, a $1.8 billion package of six projects extending nearly seven miles from the Los Angeles County/Orange County line to the San Gabriel River Freeway (Interstate 605). More than 220,000 vehicles travel this section of I-5 daily. This project will add one carpool lane and one regular lane in each direction from Shoemaker Avenue to Silverbow Avenue; reconstruct the Rosecrans, Bloomfield and Shoemaker bridges; build a pedestrian overcrossing at Silverbow Avenue; and upgrade the Firestone Boulevard frontage road. For more information on the I-5 Corridor Projects, visit www.I-5info.com or call toll-free at 855-454-6335.