California Department of Transportation
Date: June 22, 2011
District: 7 - Los Angeles & Ventura counties
Contact: Maria Raptis
Phone: (213) 897-9372
Traffic congestion relief coming soon to Golden Gate Freeway and Carmenita Road Interchange
SANTA FE SPRINGS – Caltrans and local and regional transportation agencies today announced construction will begin in July on a $380 million project that will significantly improve the flow of traffic through the busy Carmenita Road interchange and also reduce congestion on the Golden Gate Freeway (Interstate 5). Financing for the project is provided by federal, state, and local funding, including $15 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond.
“We are making a solid investment in this region’s transportation system that will provide jobs for hardworking Californians and reduce traffic congestion,” said Caltrans Acting Director Malcolm Dougherty. ““One of the noteworthy aspects of this project is the combined efforts of so many agencies. Everyone stepped up to the plate to deliver this project for the people of this area.”
The Golden State Freeway Carmenita Road Interchange Project will be the first of six projects totaling more than $1 billion to begin construction on I-5 from the Orange County line to the San Gabriel River Freeway (Interstate 605). The project will replace the existing two-lane interchange with a ten-lane interchange - nearly five times its current size – which will improve traffic circulation through the interchange, accommodate future projected traffic demands, and enhance safety. A one-mile section of I-5 also will be widened from four lanes to six lanes by adding one carpool lane and one regular traffic lane in each direction from Alondra Boulevard to Shoemaker Avenue. On average, more than 170,000 vehicles travel this section of freeway daily. The project is expected to be completed by 2015.
“Motorists traveling the I-5 corridor will benefit from these much-needed improvements through decreased congestion and travel time," said Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority (Metro) Board Chair and Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. "The long-awaited replacement of this overcrossing along with other upgrades will provide better freeway access and improve regional transportation. Today’s groundbreaking is a good example of how Metro and Caltrans, collaborating with local stakeholders, can deliver traffic mitigation to a major freeway corridor.”
The project’s local and regional funding partners include the Metro, the I-5 Consortium Joint Powers Authority, and the Gateway Cities Council of Governments. The Federal Highway Administration also contributed funding.
“Interstate 5 is the backbone of the economy for the west coast of the United States, driving economic development from Mexico to Canada.” said Metro Executive Director of Highway Project Delivery Doug Failing.” Metro is working closely with Caltrans to fund this series of infrastructure projects that will strengthen the economy in California and Los Angeles County.”
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