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710 Freeway to close again this weekend

August 12, 2011 | 11:22 am

Photo: Crews working on the southbound 710 Freeway, near the Gage Avenue overpass in Bell, back in April. Credit: Ed Crisostomo / For The Times Another weekend, another closure on the 710 Freeway.

A six-mile stretch of the freeway will shut down again this weekend from Bell to Downey as workers repair old pavement, the second weekend out of 10 that the freeway will close for construction.

The mix of full- and partial-freeway closures between Atlantic Boulevard and the 105 Freeway connector begins at midnight Friday and will last until Monday at 5 a.m.

Between midnight Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday, the freeway will be entirely closed in both directions as workers install movable median barriers to guide traffic throughout the weekend. The northbound side of the freeway will open at 6 a.m. Saturday as crews work on the southbound lanes.

Another full freeway closure will begin on Sunday at 11 p.m. and will remain in place until the freeway is fully opened in time for Monday morning traffic at 5 a.m.

Last weekend was the first time the 710 had been shutdown, and drivers reported some delays, especially after a single-car accident shut down construction for about eight hours. Caltrans spokeswoman Maria Raptis said Friday that crews had made good progress on the project so far.

“They’ve gotten a lot of work done,” Raptis said. “We’re all set to go for weekend No. 2.”

Raptis reminded drivers that some delays were anticipated, and encouraged drivers to use other routes if possible as well as observe the 45-mph speed limit within the construction zone.

For more information on the 710 Freeway closures, go to California Department of Transportation.  

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Photo: Crews workon the southbound 710 Freeway, near the Gage Avenue overpass in Bell, in April. Credit: Ed Crisostomo / For The Times

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