Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The East LA Jam: Two 35-hour Closures of I-710 at Olympic Boulevard for Bridge Repair


EastLAJam, it’s not just a cool name for another freeway closure in Los Angeles County, this will be a major freeway closure and we will really need all motorists to not make this a real jam.

Yes, there’s a lot of construction and maintenance work happening on the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) in East Los Angeles.  Yes, there’s been a lot of closures and there will continue to be quite a few, they really are necessary – we have to maintain the state’s transportation infrastructure.

If you’ve experienced (and made it through) a colossal freeway closure like #RoseJam (roses and many thanks San Gabriel Valley for not making it a real jam!) or Carmageddon I & II (thanks LA for keeping the –geddon out of it), you’ll can handle EastLAJam too.

East LA Jam, SB 710, Olympic Bl. Bridge Fix
Cracking on the Olympic Bl. bridge that needs to be fixed. 
Please help us and your fellow motorists by spreading the word about this important closure - #EastLAJam.
Also, remember, Be Work Zone Alert, Slow For the Cone Zone, and Move Over.


Press Release:

EAST LOS ANGELES:  The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close lanes on north- and southbound I-710 at Olympic Boulevard to repair damaged pavement on the freeway bridge above Olympic Boulevard on two separate weekends for 35-hours, Friday, October 7 (stage 1) and Friday, October 28 (stage 2). This emergency project must be done to prevent further damage to the bridge deck.

To repair the pavement on the bridge, construction crews will grind the pavement, repave the bridge deck, and then replace the joint seals.  The damaged section of the bridge is 96-feet long and 53-feet wide.  

Caltrans engineers determined that rapid-setting concrete will be used to repave the bridge deck as it has a six-hour curing window, compared to other types of concrete that could take days to harden.  Rapid-setting concrete will reduce traffic impacts to the interstate and surrounding communities.  Vibrations from freeway traffic will prevent the rapid-setting concrete from hardening properly, therefore all south- and northbound lanes will be closed for 35-hours in separate time segments.

Motorists should expect long delays and consider alternate routes.  The closures will occur on the following days and times: 

Stage 1 – Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9 
Southbound 
Full freeway closure: SR-60 to Olympic Boulevard, Friday, October 7 to Saturday, October 8 – 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. 
Two lanes closed: Saturday, October 8 – 3 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Full freeway closure:  SR-60 to Olympic Boulevard, Sunday, October 9 – Midnight to 10 a.m.

Northbound
Full freeway closure: At Olympic Boulevard, Sunday, October 9 – Midnight to 6 a.m.

Related Closures:
Northbound I-5 to northbound I-710

East- and westbound SR-60 to southbound I-710 connector 
Third Street on-ramp
Cesar Chavez Avenue on-ramp
Whittier Boulevard/Olympic Boulevard off-ramp

Stage 2 – Friday, October 28 to Sunday, October 30
Southbound
Full freeway closure: SR-60 connector to Olympic Boulevard off-ramp, Friday, October 28 – 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Two lanes closed:  Saturday, October 29 – 3 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Full freeway closure:  SR-60 connector to Olympic Boulevard off-ramp, Sunday, October 30 – Midnight to 10 a.m.

Northbound
Full freeway closure: At Olympic Boulevard, Sunday, October 30 – Midnight to 6 a.m.

Related Closures: 
Northbound I-5 to northbound I-710

West- and eastbound SR-60 to southbound I-710 connector
Southbound I-710 to southbound I-5 connector
Third Street on-ramp
Cesar Chavez Avenue on-ramp

Signed detours will be in place.  Motorists should expect delays.  The California Highway Patrol will be on duty.  Please Be Work Zone Alert #BWZA.  

Flatiron Construction, Inc. of Chino Hills, California was awarded this $2.6 million dollar repair project.