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Don’t drive anywhere near the Santa Ana (5) Freeway in the vicinity of the San Gabriel (605) Freeway during overnight hours this week because traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

The 5 freeway is in the midst of a $96 million widening project, and crews will need room to pour concrete along the new median, officials said.

The lane closures will last from 10 p.m. Monday evening until 5 the next morning, and will be in effect in both directions between the San Gabriel (605) Freeway and Florence Avenue, officials said. The closures will be in effect Monday evening through Thursday night and Friday morning.

Motorists were advised to use the 91 and 605 freeways to avoid heavy traffic anticipated in the closure area, and drivers heading from the East L.A. Interchange to Orange County can avoid anticipated congestion at the 605 Freeway by using the 710 Freeway south to the 91 east, or even the 405.

The 5 Freeway, opened as U.S. 101 in the mid 1950s, is being widened from its original 6 lanes to up to 12 lanes, between the 605 and the Orange County line.

In Santa Clarita, crews planned to realign southbound Interstate 5 traffic onto new concrete this week. That will eliminate a “split lanes” arrangement where traffic was split onto two parallel detours, as the freeway there is rebuilt, Caltrans officials said

—City News Service


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