Weeks after a construction project prompted a five-day closure of the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway in the Irwindale area, leading to major traffic delays, the closure is about to be repeated on the eastbound side.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Wednesday, the eastbound freeway will be closed between the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway and Irwindale Avenue, continuing for five days, through 5 a.m. Aug. 23.

During the closure, all eastbound traffic will be diverted onto the westbound freeway, which will be reconfigured to allow three lanes of traffic in each direction.

The closure on the westbound side last month led to some major traffic tie-ups in both directions, so Caltrans officials are again urging motorists to find alternate routes or rely on public transit to avoid delays.

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 eastbound side of the freeway, ramps from the 605 Freeway to the eastbound 210 will be closed, along with the westbound 210 Irwindale Avenue onramps, the westbound 210 connector to the southbound 605 and the eastbound 210 Mount Olive Drive onramps, according to Caltrans.

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