Friday, December 22, 2017

Paving the way for a new and improved I-210 corridor

With the end of 2017 approaching, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is paving the way for a new, smoother ride through the Interstate 210 (Foothill Freeway) corridor.

The I-210 Pavement Rehabilitation Project started in spring 2015, and is now more than 80 percent complete.

When the project is scheduled for completion in Summer 2018, a nearly 10-mile stretch of I-210 will have new pavement that will provide a smoother ride for decades to come. The project also adds new concrete barriers and metal beam guardrail for the safety of drivers, new sign structures and permanent lighting at three tunnels located at the I-210/State Route 134 (Ventura Freeway) connectors to enhance visibility.

Nearly 90 lane miles of pavement is being replaced on I-210 from
La Crescenta-Montrose area of Los Angeles County to Pasadena
There will be a break in road work, which also means no closures, from Dec. 22 to Jan. 2 in observance of the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

But here is a look ahead at what is on the project agenda for 2018:

  • Eastbound I-210 Angeles Crest Highway on-ramp closures:
Starting Jan. 2, 2018, the Angeles Crest Highway on-ramps (both northbound and southbound) to eastbound I-210 will be closed for an extended period of time. During the closure, crews will be repaving the road across from the ramps.

Eastbound I-210 Angeles Crest on-ramp just before Foothill Boulevard
will be closed starting the night of Jan. 2, 2018.
Eastbound I-210 Angeles Crest Highway on-ramp just past Foothill Boulevard
will be closed starting the night of Jan. 2, 2018
The closures are for up to 45 days, but crews have typically been able to reopen ramps in about 30 days.

Drivers can access eastbound I-210 from Foothill Boulevard at the Foothill undercrossing just past Georgian Road.

Starting Jan. 2, both eastbound I-210 Angeles Crest Highway on-ramps will be closed for up to 45 days.

  • Spall repairs on Eastbound/Westbound I-210 in La Crescenta-Montrose area
Also beginning Jan. 2, 2018, crews will perform spall repairs at the eastbound and westbound Dunsmore Avenue, New York Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue undercrossings. Joint seals will also be installed to help prevent water and other material from infiltrating the concrete, which can cause wear and tear on the pavement and slabs.


On left: Example of joint seals that need repairs. On right: joint seals in good, working condition

  • Installation of Permanent Tunnel Lighting

Since early December, crews are working two different shifts to expedite work on the installation of permanent tunnel lighting at the westbound I-210 connector to the California/Del Mar Boulevard exit. To do this, the connector has been closed Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 a.m.

The tunnel is about 560 feet long with hundreds of lights connected through different mechanisms to turn on simultaneously. The work is expected to be completed by mid-January.

Crews will take a break for the Christmas and New Year's holidays before resuming work.Jan. 2.
The westbound I-210 connector to California/Del Mar Boulevard
has been closed 11 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday-Friday for crews to install permanent tunnel lighting.

Intermittent closures will continue for various lanes, ramps and connectors Monday through Friday between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Some closures may start and end later. The closure area is I-210 westbound from Walnut Street to Lowell Avenue, I-210 eastbound from Lowell Avenue to Mountain Street and I-210 eastbound from the State Route 134 connector to Lake Avenue

Drivers should use caution, plan ahead and anticipate any delays due to construction. Caltrans QuickMap is a great source for travel information, including traffic flow, closures, message signs and CHP incidents. The QuickMap app is also available for free on Google Play or the Apple Store.

We appreciate the public's patience and understanding as we continue to provide a safe and accessible transportation system for the millions of people who call Los Angeles and Ventura County home.