A planned five-day closure of the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway in Irwindale that had been scheduled for mid-July has been pushed back by a week, Caltrans announced Monday.

The closure of the westbound freeway between Irwindale Avenue to the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway — with traffic re-routed onto the eastbound side of the road — had been scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. July 13 and continue through 4 a.m. July 19. But Caltrans announced Monday the schedule has been pushed back, with the closure now beginning at 10 p.m. July 20 and continuing through 4 a.m. July 26.

The closure is planned to accommodate upgrades being made on the San Gabriel River Bridge.

During the closure, westbound traffic will be re-routed onto the eastbound side of the freeway, which will be temporarily reconfigured to handle three lanes of traffic in each direction.

Caltrans warned motorists to expect delays and consider alternate routes, such as the 10 or 60 freeways, or public transportation on the Metro L Line (Gold) or Metrolink.

According to the agency, the closure is part of a $30 million project to upgrade the San Gabriel River Bridge by installing improved bridge hinges and railings and strengthening bridge decks.

In addition to closing the westbound side of the freeway, ramps from the westbound 210 to Irwindale Avenue and to the southbound 605 Freeway will also be closed. Ramps from the 605 Freeway to the eastbound 210 Freeway will be blocked as well.

Caltrans officials said a second five-day closure on the eastbound side of the freeway is being planned for August.

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