Truck Lane Project Prompts 5 Freeway Lane Closures in Santa Clarita

By Jason Kandel
|  Sunday, Mar 17, 2013  |  Updated 11:00 PM PDT
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Sections of the Golden State Freeway through Santa Clarita are scheduled to be closed intermittently through the week as part of a $72 million truck lane project.

The project calls for new lanes along the southbound I-5 between Pico Canyon Road, Lyons Avenue and the Antelope Valley Freeway.

Ramp closures will be staggered through Friday and are subject to change.

Officials advise motorists to be attentive to closures and slow down for construction crews.

Below are the details about the closures:

  • Up to three lanes of northbound I-5 between the end of the existing truck lane and Lyons Avenue will close nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Up to three lanes of southbound I-5 between Lyons Ave. and the end of the existing truck lane will close nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

At least one lane will be open at all times. The most restrictive closures (i.e.,

the most lanes closed) will occur between midnight and 4 a.m.

The project is adding a truck lane to the outside of southbound I-5 in by paving the median
area and outside shoulder, and shifting the mixed-flow lanes inward. Median retaining walls
– more – and two short sections of outside retaining walls will be built to accommodate this widening.

The truck lane will extend from Pico Canyon Road/Lyons Avenue to SR-14, a distance of 3.7

This project will ease traffic delays, improve goods movement, absorb traffic growth due to
population increase (both residential and commercial), and enhance safety by separating
truck traffic from passenger vehicles.

Construction began in May 2012 and will be completed in 2014.

For more information, visit Lane closure information for this and other freeway projects is available on the Caltrans website.

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