Wednesday, June 10, 2015

They’re Open! They’re REALLY Open!

Ribbon-cutting event in Pacoima, June 11, 2015.

For motorists who have been eyeing the almost-finished-but-not-quite carpool lanes on I-5 between SR-118 and Buena Vista Street in Burbank, your wait is over! The lanes are now open. Find yourself a rideshare buddy and enjoy!

The new carpool lanes are the result of two projects that together add 16 miles (eight in each direction) of carpool lanes to District 7’s carpool lane system. Carpool lanes enhance safety, ease traffic congestion and improve travel times, saving motorists about a minute per mile.

The $223.4 million carpool lane project on I-5 between SR-118 and SR-170 began in September 2010. In addition to almost seven miles (3.4 miles in each direction) of carpool lanes, the project constructed a new northbound SR-170 to northbound I-5 connector and a direct carpool lane connector at the I-5/SR-170 interchange, which enables motorists to transfer between freeways without leaving the carpool lane.

The $99.8 million carpool lane project on I-5 between SR-170 and Buena Vista Street in Burbank began in March 2011. The project constructed almost nine miles (4.4 miles in each direction) of new carpool lanes.

Metro contributed $241 million in funding for the projects.

I-5 in the San Fernando Valley is one of Southern California's busiest freeways with an average daily traffic volume that can exceed 300,000. Carpool lanes carry two to three times more people at peak traffic hours than conventional lanes. Currently, there are 554 miles of carpool lanes in Los Angeles County.

For more info about carpool lanes and other improvements in the works on I-5, check out My5LA.com