NORWALK - The 5 Freeway will be completely closed to traffic for about 10 minutes at hourly intervals next week as Southern California Edison crosses power lines across the freeway.The California Highway Patrol will conduct three or four traffic breaks per night in each direction from 1-5 a.m., Sept. 11-13. The breaks will last about 10-12 minutes and are scheduled to take place each hour. Northbound motorists have the option to exit at Valley View Avenue and re-enter at the Rosecrans on-ramp. Southbound drivers can exit at Carmenita Road and get back on the freeway at Valley View. The northbound on-ramp at Alondra Boulevard and the southbound on-ramp at Carmenita Road will be closed. The closures are weather-permitting and are subject to cancellation or change, Caltrans said. The construction work is part of a Caltrans project to widen the 5 Freeway through Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs. Workers are adding a carpool lane and a general purpose lane while improving frontage roads and ramps.
********** Published: September 6, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 21