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710 Freeway collision causes delays

August 6, 2011 | 11:35 am

A six-mile stretch of the 710 Freeway from Bell to Downey remained closed Saturday morning after a collision forced a Caltrans repaving project to be delayed for hours, authorities said.

As part of a scheduled pavement rehabilitation project that will shut down portions of the freeway for 10 weekends, Caltrans began the work late Friday, closing one lane in both directions of the freeway until midnight, when a full closure took effect.

The section, which runs from Firestone to Atlantic boulevards, was to reopen Saturday at 6 a.m., but a collision caused by a vehicle that drove into the construction area shut down the project for more than eight hours, California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Connolly said. No major injuries were reported.

The area was cleared about 10:30 a.m. and Caltrans crews resumed their work. It was not known when Caltrans would finish for the day and an agency official could not be reached.

For the next nine weekends, lanes will begin closing late Friday and reopen about 6 a.m. on Saturdays, at which time temporary median barriers will be set up to guide traffic to one side of the freeway and allow for north and southbound traffic at a speed limit of 45 mph. On Sundays, the lanes will be closed from 11 p.m. to about 5 a.m. Monday, when the median barriers will be removed.

No construction will take place during Labor Day weekend.

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