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Heavily traveled section of 57 Freeway in O.C. to close Saturday

December 13, 2011 |  5:13 pm

A well-traveled section of the 57 Freeway in Orange County will be shut down in both directions Saturday night for a roadway improvement project.

The freeway will be closed between Ball Road and Katella Avenue from 11 p.m. Saturday to 5:30 a.m. Sunday, the Orange County Transportation Authority said Tuesday afternoon. The northbound connector and carpool connector will also be shut down during that period.

Utility crews are planning to relocate power lines along the span as part of a $45-million project, the transportation agency said.

The project involves construction of a three-mile northbound lane on the freeway from Katella to Lincoln Avenue. Construction on the first segment between Orangethorpe Avenue and Lambert Road began in January and is more than 30% completed, officials said.

The improvements are scheduled to be completed in 2014 and are expected to help reduce traffic for nearly 160,000 vehicles that travel the section daily, the agency said.

For more information, see the agency's website.

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