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LONG BEACH FREEWAY (I-710) LONG LIFE PAVEMENT REHABILITATION PROJECT
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is working to rehabilitate the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) pavement in both directions from just south of Firestone Boulevard to just south of Atlantic Boulevard in the communities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Downey and South Gate.
The improvements, as part of the I-710 Long Life Pavement Rehabilitation Project, will result in less future maintenance, thereby minimizing traffic delays, costs and impacts on surrounding communities and the environment. The work involves rehabilitating aging pavement and providing the roadway with several decades of service life, improved pavement performance and a smoother ride for the traveling public.
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 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.
Safety enhancements include replacing the double metal beam barrier with a heightened concrete median barrier to reduce headlight glare, drainage improvements, upgrading lighting and sign illumination systems and on-ramp and off-ramp improvements and maintenance features.
From April to July, 2011, extensive work on the drainage system and utility lines took place in the shoulders between Florence Avenue and Firestone Boulevard.
The concrete median barrier installation is complete.
As of July 2011, the project is 30% complete.
The pavement rehabilitation work occurring August through October 2011 encompasses the majority of the project.
By late October 2011, the project is expected to be 85% complete.
This segment of the Long Life Pavement Rehabilitation Project is expected to complete by spring, 2012.
WEEK NIGHT LANE CLOSURES
Due to the high volume of traffic along this segment of I-710, much of the construction is occurring overnight during weekdays when traffic is lighter. Temporary weeknight lane closures will take place as needed.
Motorists can expect delays