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Another milestone for 5 Freeway project is scheduled, but it means closures

Another milestone in the ongoing widening of the 5 Freeway is expected to take place at 5 a.m. Saturday, July 31.

New lanes on the south side of the freeway will open from half way between the Alondra Boulevard and Valley View Avenue bridges to the Orange County line, Caltrans spokesman Marc Bischoff said.

Before the new lanes open, between 9 p.m. Thursday, July 29 until 6 a.m. Friday, July 30, the freeway will be reduced to two lanes for grinding and striping layout.

Then, from 11:59 p.m. Friday, July 30 until 5 a.m. Saturday, July 31, the entire south side will be closed to allow for the traffic shift.

In addition, the southbound 605 Freeway connector to southbound 5 Freeway will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

The closures will allow for work on new lanes in the middle of the freeway, Bischoff said.

The work is part of the $1.8 billion widening project on the 5 Freeway from the Orange County line to the 605 Freeway which will see a new general-purpose lane and a carpool lane on each side of the existing six-lane freeway.

The Valley View $631 million phase, which will be the last area on the freeway to be completed, includes a reconstruction of the 65-year-old bridge, widening it from four to six lanes, adding an underpass for the railroad just to the south of the street and realignment of frontage roads.

The Valley View phase is 81% complete.

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