Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Carmenita Bridge To Open

Southeast view of new Carmenita Bridge and future Carmenita Bl. northbound I-5 on-ramp 
Caltrans expects to switch traffic from the existing, two-lane Carmenita Road Bridge to the new 10-lane Camenita Road Bridge on Thursday, July 2 at 5 a.m. Until the new ramps are constructed and connected to the new bridge, only four-lanes (two-lanes in each direction) will be accessible.  

Scale model of Carmenita Interchange Project
While crews restripe lanes of traffic to align with the new bridge, Carmenita Road will be closed to through traffic over the I-5 freeway, between Excelsior Drive and Firestone Boulevard, from 9 p.m. Thursday, July 2 to 5 a.m. Friday, July 3. The new bridge will include two northbound and two southbound lanes. The traffic shift will include temporary changes to the traffic pattern at the intersection of Firestone Boulevard and Carmenita Road; motorists exiting southbound I-5 at Carmenita will only be permitted to turn right on Carmenita Road or continue straight on Firestone. 

Green fences installed along bridge railing
Additionally, the intersection of Excelsior Drive and Carmenita Road will be temporarily closed while the new northbound Carmenita off-ramp is constructed. The northbound I-5 Carmenita Road off-ramp will be temporarily reconfigured.  Motorists that exit northbound I-5 at Carmenita will be directed to turn right on Excelsior Drive, left on Spring Avenue and left on Pumice Street to access Carmenita Road.  

Following the opening of the new bridge, nighttime demolition of the old Carmenita bridge is scheduled to begin Friday, July 10 and will be ongoing through Saturday, July 18. Bridge demolition will require nightly full freeway closures on northbound and southbound I-5.  

Visit www.my5la.org for more project information.
Carmenita Interchange under construction