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110 Freeway improvements underway; section will be closed this weekend [Updated]

Part of the 110 Freeway is scheduled for closure this weekend, the first of 20 scheduled closures that will shut down the route every other weekend for 55 hours at a time until early 2011.

The first closure will shut down southbound Arroyo Seco Parkway from Glenarm Street to Orange Grove Avenue from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, said Caltrans spokeswoman Judy Gish.

[Corrected at 3:04 p.m.: The headline on an earlier version of this post stated that the freeway would be closed nightly. It will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.]

The closures are related to the $17-million Arroyo Parkway Improvement Project, which will spruce up the 70-year-old historic highway. State officials have decided to rechristen the Pasadena Freeway with its original name, the Arroyo Seco Parkway. The highway has been designated a "California Historic Parkway." Heavier traffic from regional population growth has put the route in need of an upgrade Caltrans officials have said.

The project will replace existing metal beam and temporary barriers with decorative concrete medians and barriers that echo stonework architecture from surrounding communities, Gish said. The new barriers will have historic reproduction lighting, and a fence will be placed on top of the side barriers to limit freeway access.

The project is expected to reduce maintenance costs and reduce delays related to maintenance-related closures as well as improve safety for motorists. The project is expected to be completed in winter 2011.

-- My-Thuan Tran

Comments () | Archives (15)

What a pain. They should just leave it as is. Yesterday, all southbound entrances from Ave 60 to Ave 43 were closed.

The concrete retaining wall makes you feel like there is less room in the already cramped lanes. From what I hear, CalTrans has even ripped up trees just to put that stupid wall in place.

Change the name, replace some signs, and be done with it. Nothing else has to be done.

Sounds great but how can they combat all of the hideous graffti?

isn't there anything more worthwhile we could be spending our money on in this economy besides decorative concrete medians and barriers?!

"... decorative concrete medians..."

" ... historic reproduction lighting ... "

The graffiti vandals are licking their chops...

I'd leave the name Pasadena Freeway or Speedway would be more apt. Its a deathtrap to drive because there are no cops in site and people drive it at 70 mph. As for Caltrans - this has to be one of the worst organizations in the state. Sloppy road maintenance and signs designed by morons. The worst signs in any state. Fire half of the Caltrans bureaucracy and no one would miss them.

Sinkholes every other week and we're buying decorative medians? To be enjoyed at 70mph?

Who are the idiots who decide something like this? There seem to be Caltrans workers who have way too much time on their hands with much too much money to waste. They all should be laid off and the money spend on something worthwhile ...

The barriers needed to be replaced, they were in bad shape from all of the accidents over the years, they aren't safe. If we can make them look better while improving safety why not?

Also, large portions of the fencing on the north bound side of the freeway were completely missing from people going off the road into the arroyo bed because there were no concrete barriers.

Find something else to gripe about.

The article should have emphasized the safety upgrades not just the cosmetic aspects... I actually live where the freeway ends and use it all the time, it's not a safe freeway in it's current state.

Are you kidding me? This freeway is a killer to drive especially in the downtown area. I thought if they were doing construction that they might add a lane or 2, but oh no, we'll be doing decorative work! What the heck!

WOW....damned if they do, damned if they don't, why do people complain so much? That fwy needs improvment, go for it!

Wider lanes would have been nicer. Maybe actual on-ramps where you didn't put your life into your own hands as well.

Uh... how about some better on ramps?

It is about time concrete medians were put on this dangerous freeway. They will increase safety and decrease the cost of constant repairs to the metal beams.

The freeway is operating over design capacity but there are just too many cars. Better to ban the two car garage than build more freeways.

The freeway does need these safety upgrades and it's long overdue. People have died when their cars had gone over the side through the fences. A friend of mine luckily survived a crash into the Arroyo Seco during the last rainy season.

I believe the decorations and the name change might be to make the preservationists happy. They wanted to leave the freeway as-is.

Regarding the speeders, they need to slow down AND slower drivers do need get over to the right. I think the highway patrol needs to enforce both on the 110.

I've driven that freeway my entire adult life and it does take getting used to. One thing for sure-it is'nt a boring drive between L.A. and home. My parents and grandparents drove it as well when it was brand-new 'state of the art'.


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