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Work to start on 5 Freeway widening in Santa Fe Springs area

March 19, 2012 |  5:37 pm

The I-5 Santa Ana Freeway in Santa Fe Springs, where widening will take place.
State and local transportation officials Monday said they were beginning construction of a $110-million widening project on a section of the 5 Freeway near the Los Angeles County/Orange County line.

Plans call for an extra carpool lane and one general purpose lane in each direction along a roughly one-mile stretch from North Fork Coyote Creek to Marquardt Avenue in the Santa Fe Springs area. Officials said they will also be reconstructing three bridges to make room for the wider freeway.

"We are making a solid investment in this region's transportation system that will provide jobs and reduce traffic congestion," Caltrans Acting Director Malcolm Dougherty said in a news release.

The project is mostly funded by Proposition 1B, the state's transportation bond from 2006. Other backers include the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which pitched in $9.1 million.

More than 220,000 vehicles travel that section of the freeway each day.

"Motorists traveling the I-5 corridor will benefit from these much-needed improvements through decreased congestion and travel time," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is also currently chairman of the Metro board.

Officials expect the project to be completed by mid-2015.


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Photo: The I-5 Santa Ana Freeway in Santa Fe Springs in 2005. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times