|Caltrans District 7 Chief Deputy Director Shirley Choate (with scissors) cuts the ribbon on the truck lane project with some help from elected officials and representatives from Metro, CHP and the Golden State Gateway Coalition.|
Hundreds of thousands of motorists will now enjoy reduced congestion and enhanced safety on a segment of I-5 in Santa Clarita thanks to the completion of the truck lane and freeway widening project.
The $67 million project, which began construction in May 2012, has added a fifth mixed-flow lane to northbound I-5 between State Route 14 and the Gavin Canyon undercrossing, a distance of 1.4 miles. The 3.7 miles of southbound I-5 improvements include a fifth mixed-flow lane between Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue and a half-mile south of Gavin Canyon, and a new segment of truck lane that begins north of Weldon Canyon and merges with the existing truck lane north of the SR-14 connector. New median and outside retaining walls were also built to accommodate the widening.
More than 216,000 vehicles use this segment of I-5 every day, including 19,000 trucks, many of them traveling to or from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The new truck lane segment separates slower moving trucks from faster passenger vehicles on the steep grade in the area, reducing congestion and enhancing safety in all lanes.
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