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Ground broken on new 5 Freeway carpool lanes

March 4, 2011 |  9:28 am

Carpool_lane State and county transportation officials broke ground Thursday on a nearly $70-million project to add carpool lanes to the 5 Freeway.

The project adds carpool lanes on both directions of Interstate 5 in a 4.4-mile stretch between the 170 Freeway interchange and Buena Vista Street in Burbank.

Officials said the carpool lanes would help reduce traffic congestion along a portion of the freeway that sees nearly 200,000 vehicles each day.

"If you've sat in that traffic, you know what I'm talking about," said Mike Miles, director of California Department of Transportation District 7, during a ceremony in the parking lot of the Armenian Apostolic Church near the freeway.

Construction will take place at night, with up to two lanes closed at a time and ramp closures staggered, officials said. Motorists will be alerted to closures with signs.

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