Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Paramount Boulevard Bridge Permanent Restoration Project Update

Caltrans' contractor, Powell Constructors Inc. will continue to:
  • Pour concrete to build wider on- and off-ramps that connect to Paramount Boulevard bridge
Motorists may experience occasional freeway ramp closures.  The work is not expected to be louder than freeway traffic.

Work hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday
Work Period: June 6 to June 22

Summary: This project will realign and upgrade two cloverleaf ramps to current standards, constructing sidewalks, and add pedestrian ramps that meet Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Additionally, three retaining walls will be constructed along the westbound on- and off-ramps, and along the westbound on-ramp near the intersection of Paramount Boulevard and Neil Armstrong Street. 

Background: In 2011, the Paramount Boulevard Bridge was demolished and rebuilt under an emergency contract after a gasoline tanker fire on the freeway below severely damaged the bridge.  The new bridge, built to modern standards, was opened to the public in May 2012.  The new bridge is wider than the original bridge that was built in 1967.  Once this project is completed the flow of traffic and safety will be enhanced, congestion reduced, and will accommodate future traffic demands.