This project is 84% complete.
Projected date of completion for the Florence Ave. Bridge and Project: Early *April 2020.
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There are no lane closures scheduled for the week of July 19 through July 26.
Due to the extensive rains of this past winter, there were substantial delays in completion of the current phase of construction.
Over the summer, the contractor will be excavating earth to lower lanes in the median of I-5 and then paving the new lanes. Then construction of falsework (temporary frame support) for the second half of the bridge will continue. The target date to begin construction of the second half of the bridge is now September.
The contractor is constructing “falsework” (temporary frame support) for the second half of the Florence Ave. Bridge, just north of the existing bridge and west of I-5. Video below from July 16:
Photos below show progress from June 18 and July 16:
On July 11, northbound I-5 traffic was shifted east from the center lanes to the right hand lanes paralleling the new connector to I-605 to allow contractor to begin excavating in the median. Video below from July 16:
Crews are now excavating and lowering the roadway surface in the median of I-5 up to four feet passing under the bridge before repaving. Then construction of the second half of the Florence Ave. Bridge will begin. The contractor will set up a “crusher” conveyor that will crush all of the concrete and asphalt that has been demolished into small aggregate that will be recycled to create base for the new lanes. Photos below from July 9 and July 16. :
The Florence Ave. on ramp to northbound I-5, and the Florence Ave. off ramp from northbound I-5 will all remain closed until the second half of the Florence Ave. Bridge is complete. This is per request by the cities of Downey and Santa Fe Springs, to minimize traffic congestion until the three additional bridge lanes are provided to handle the increase in vehicles. Construction of the second half of the bridge is projected to begin by late summer.