DOWNEY -- Residents are being warned to avoid the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard and Telegraph Road as heavy construction begins today.
Extensive work has already been completed at the intersection, including traffic signal upgrades; new curbs, gutters and sidewalks; street and pedestrian lighting; and water system improvements.
Crews now will begin replacing the roadway with new concrete pavement. That work started today and is expected to last until June 30.
Traffic lanes will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and turns will be restricted at times.
"Major traffic delays are expected and, therefore, alternate routes are suggested," city officials said. The intersection improvements are part of a joint project between the cities of Downey and Pico Rivera.
Approximately 69,000 vehicles travel through the intersection each day, officials estimated.
Anyone with information about the construction if asked to call the city's project engineer, Desi Gutierrez, at (562) 904-7110 or the city's construction manager, Jim Geyer, at (951) 757-5619.