710 Freeway Closures Planned for 10 Weekends August Through October
2011-08-04 · By Editor
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will conduct ten weekends of 53-hour Extended Closures and Full Freeway Closures on the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) as part of the Long Life Pavement Rehabilitation Project from the Glenn Anderson Freeway (I-105) connector to Atlantic Boulevard. The project is to rehabilitate aging pavement and provide the roadway with several decades of service life, improved pavement performance and a smoother ride for the traveling public.
Scheduled Weekend Closures on the 710 Fwy
Full closures on the 710 freeway will occur in both directions twice and during each weekend from Friday at 11:59 p.m. until Saturday at 6 a.m. and again on Sunday at 11 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.
Extended weekend closures begins on Friday night to install moveable median barriers. When the freeway re-opens to traffic on Saturday, the barriers will guide motorists to drive on the northbound side of the freeway. This allows construction crews to work on southbound I-710 and motorists to continue their commutes throughout the weekend using a reduced number of available lanes. Then, on Sunday at 11 p.m., another full freeway closure will be in place to remove the temporary median barriers in time for the Monday morning commute.
Construction is scheduled to begin this weekend and take place on the following weekends. There will be no construction Sept.2-5, during the Labor Day holiday.
- August 5-8
- August 12-15
- August 19-22
- August 26-29
- September 9-12
- September 16-19
- September 23-26
- September 30-October 3
- October 7-10
- October 14-17
710 Freeway On-ramps/Off-ramps Affected
During construction, entrance and exits to the 710 freeway will be limited, even
- CLOSED on-ramps to northbound I-710: Eastbound and westbound on-ramps for the 710 freeway will be closed from Imperial Highway, Firestone Blvd. and Florence Ave.
- CLOSED on-ramps to southbound I-710: Eastbound and westbound on-ramps for the 710 freeway will be closed from Atlantic Blvd., Florence Ave. and Firestone Boulevard
- CLOSED off-ramps from southbound I-710: Eastbound and westbound off-ramps for the 710 freeway will be closed at Florence Ave. and Firestone Boulevard
- CLOSED Freeway Connectors: Eastbound and westbound freeway connectors from the I-105 to northbound I-710 will be closed
All closures are weather permitting, as paving requires temperatures above 50 degrees and dry conditions.
During the weekend construction period, speeds on the 710 freeway will be reduced to 45 mph. Oversized loads will not be permitted due to narrower lane widths. Due to decrease delay time, motorists are advised to use alternate routes around the project area.
I-710 Long Life Pavement Project
For the past decade, the I-710 Long Life Pavement strategy has been constructed in stages: the first phase extended from the Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) to the San Diego Freeway (I-405) and completed in 2003; Phase 2 stretched from I-405 to I-105, and completed in 2010. During 2009 to early 2011, Phase 3 continued the pavement strategy from I-105 to Firestone Boulevard.
Now in Phase 4, Caltrans is continuing similar work to remove the existing pavement and replace it with up to 10½ inches of Long Life Asphalt Concrete. This work requires cracking the existing concrete pavement, then reusing it as a strong foundation base, followed with an Asphalt Concrete (AC) overlay. Traffic management equipment such as fiber optic cables, wire-loop detectors embedded in the pavement, and Closed Circuit TV will be installed to monitor traffic and to provide traffic data to the Los Angeles Regional Transportation Management Center. The project also includes safety enhancements such as a heightened concrete median barrier to reduce headlight glare, drainage improvements, lighting upgrades, sign illumination systems, on-ramp and off-ramp improvements and other safety features.
Funding for this project was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), and by Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved state transportation bond.