Florence Avenue Interchange Project – November 20, 2020 – November 30, 2020

Construction of the median barrier on Florence Ave. near Orr & Day photos below:Construction of the median barrier on Florence Ave. near Orr & Day photos below:This project is 92% complete.
Projected date of opening for the Florence Ave. Bridge and on and off ramps extended to *November 2020. 

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The contractor has extended the opening date for the Florence Avenue interchange to mid-November to complete the following work:

  • *Construction of the median traffic barrier on I-5 south and north of the bridge is complete. 
  • Final shifting of freeway traffic lanes. 
  • Final shoulder and drainage work along the freeway.
  • Construction of the median between the east end of the bridge and Orr & Day and between the west end of the bridge and Studebaker Road is complete. 
  •  Pouring of final 2-inch rubberized asphalt on the roadway surface between the east end of the bridge and Orr & Day and between the west end of the bridge and Studebaker Road.  
  • Installation of traffic sensor loops below the roadway surface and installation of a traffic signal at Orr & Day. 

Florence Avenue is open to two lanes of traffic in each direction between Orr & Day and Studebaker Road. Southbound Orr & Day now has three lanes open on the north side of  Florence Avenue.

*Update: The contractor will continue to restrict traffic to one lane in each direction on Florence Avenue between Studebaker Road and Gard Avenue from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20; Monday Nov. 23; Tuesday, Nov.24; and Wednesday, Nov. 25. To install traffic sensor loops. Map below:

Two lanes are open to traffic in each direction across the Florence Avenue Bridge. We hope to open a third lane in each direction before Thanksgiving. Video and photos below:

 

On Tuesday, November 17 and Wednesday, November 18, the final layer of rubberized asphalt was poured on the east end of the Florence Avenue Bridge near Orr & Day and on the west end near Studebaker Road.

Before video from November 16 below:

Photos before and during paving below:

There are now three southbound lanes open on Orr & Day at the intersection of Florence Avenue. Photos below:

Views of Orr & Day south of Florence Avenue (left) and the new Florence Avenue off ramp from northbound I-5 (right) below: 

Construction of the median barrier on Florence Ave. at Orr & Day. Photos below:

The area south of Florence Avenue between Orr & Day and the freeway (left) will be paved and hold mobile trailers for the new Santa Fe Spring offices of Caltrans. It is also home to the new city of Santa Fe Springs clock tower (right):

The sidewalk, curb, and gutter on the southeast corner of Florence Avenue at Orr & Day was constructed to ADA compliance. Photos below:

Aerial view of Florence Ave. Bridge, new freeway lanes, new median barrier, new northbound on ramp, new northbound off ramp, and new southbound on ramp. Video below:

Aerial view of new freeway lanes and new median traffic barrier south of bridge. Video below:

Aerial view of Florence Avenue interchange below. Center: Florence Ave. Bridge (before lane shift). Green arrows: completed concrete barrier in median of new traffic lanes. Orange arrows: new loop on ramp to southbound I-5. Red arrow: new off ramp from northbound I-5. Blue arrow: new on ramp to northbound I-5.

 

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. 

 

 

 

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