Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Expect Delays at Night (We Really Mean It!) On I-5 in North LA County

If you drive I-5 at night in north LA County regularly, no doubt you’ve run into some congestion, particularly very late at night or very early in the morning. The culprit: a paving project between Vista Del Lago Road and the Kern County Line. At times, THREE lanes are closed, which means there’s only ONE lane open, which means it may be a slow-go. Expect lanes closures Sunday nights through Saturday mornings, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

That’s the bad news. The good news is this project is waaaaay ahead of schedule — an entire year, in fact. So, instead of having to deal with construction-related congestion through next year, it will wrap up this September.

In the meantime, a few tips:

   > Avoid traveling this segment of I-5 between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

   > Consult the Caltrans Quickmap before you leave to check real-time traffic so you can take an alternate route if necessary.

   > If you absolutely, positively need to be somewhere at a certain time (like the airport), build extra time into your travel plans to accommodate construction delays.

   > If you get caught in congestion, practice patience. Getting angry won’t make traffic move faster. It’ll just raise your cortisol and adrenaline levels, which isn't good for your cardiovascular system.

   > Focus on the benefits: This project will extend the life of the pavement, lessen the need for future maintenance and closures, and provide a smoother riding surface.

For more information about construction on I-5, check out the I-5 website.