605 Freeway construction set to begin Monday
A busy connector on the southbound 605 Freeway between Long Beach and Seal Beach will close for two weeks starting Monday because of construction.
The 605 ramp that allows motorists to reach the southbound 405 Freeway will be closed so work crews can rebuild it and make room for a new carpool lane connector as well as additional lanes on the 405.
The southbound connector is especially busy during evening rush hours and during the summer months, with motorists making up to 185,000 trips a day on average through the junction of the two freeways, according to the California Department of Transportation.
Much of that traffic will have to detour onto major surface streets through residential and commercial areas in Long Beach, Rossmoor and Seal Beach.
Motorists can reach the southbound 405 by exiting the 605 onto Katella Avenue on the northern edge of Rossmoor and turn right at Los Alamitos Boulevard/Seal Beach Boulevard. They also can go the other way along Willow Street in Long Beach, turn left at North Studebaker Road and then left onto 7th Street, which leads to the 405.
Another alternative is to exit the 605 at Spring Street in Long Beach, proceed to Woodruff Avenue and turn left to head to the southbound 405.
The ramp construction is part of the $277-million West County Connector project, which will create a seamless link between carpool lanes and ease rush-hour bottlenecks on the 405, 22 and 605 freeways. The work is scheduled to be completed in 2014.
-- Dan Weikel