Another weekend of traffic delays is on tap for motorists in East Los Angeles beginning Friday night and continuing until Monday morning, as the northbound Long Beach (710) Freeway will close for another 54 hours to accommodate a pavement-replacement project.
According to Caltrans, the northbound 710 will be closed between the Santa Ana (5) and Pomona (60) freeways at 10 p.m. and remain blocked until 4 a.m. Monday. The closure will be repeated on six more upcoming weekends, with the exception of Oct. 28-31, Nov. 11-14 and Nov. 25-28.
Caltrans officials urged motorists to avoid the area and use the Harbor (110) or San Gabriel River (605) freeways as alternates. The agency noted that motorists have risen to the challenge during the previous closures, with traffic delays of only about 20 minutes in the area.
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Crews will be placing a series of concrete slabs as part of the pavement-replacement project. According to Caltrans, crews will install as many as 90 concrete panels on the roadway during each of the weekend closure, with the panels ranging in size from 14 to 47 feet wide.
The work is part of a $120 million pavement-replacement project on the 710 Freeway between the Century (105) and San Bernardino (10) freeways. The project is expected to be completed next year, according to Caltrans.