Monday, September 15, 2014

55-Hour Extended Weekend Closures Coming to Santa Ana I-5

Plan now for an upcoming Extended Weekend Closure (55-Hours) on Friday through Monday, September 26-29,  on the Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) in both directions from Alondra Blvd. to Valley View Ave in Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs.

Although mainline I-5 motorists will have partial access to the freeway (only 1 of 3 lanes will be available) from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., there will be delays on this heavily used weekend route.  Additionally, two freeway connectors will be fully closed throughout the weekend:
    southbound  I-605 to southbound I-5; and westbound SR-91 to northbound I-5.
•    Overnight, (Fri. 9/26) Saturday morning, 1 a.m. to 7 a.m., expect a full freeway closure.
•    On Sat. & Sun., 9/27 & 9/28, from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., two of 3 lanes closed in each direction. 
•    Then, overnight,  from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m., more full freeway closures within these limits.
•    Sunday night, 9/28, from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., a final full freeway closure.  
•    The Extended Weekend Closure ends Monday morning 9/29 at 5 a.m.  

Alternate Routes:  Motorists are advised to use alternate ways around the closure to avoid delays.  Suggested detours are Routes SB-710, EB/WB-105, NB/SB-605, EB/WB-22 and NB-57.   

What to Expect:  The purpose of the weekend closure is to prepare the roadway for a traffic shift.  On Monday morning, 9/29, southbound I-5 mainline traffic will shift onto the center of the roadway and the existing southbound lanes will become the new work zone.  Also, the southbound I-5 Alondra Blvd. on-ramp will permanently close.

The work is part of the $1.8 billion Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) South Corridor Improvement Projects to construct one carpool and one general purpose lane in each direction from the Los Angeles/Orange County line to Interstate 605.  The motoring public, residents and businesses are encouraged to sign-up for notification on street, lane and ramp closures by calling the toll-free I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects information line (855) 454-6335 or by visiting