FLORENCE AVENUE INTERCHANGE PROJECT – Week of Nov 26, 2017

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no closures from 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 through midnight Sunday, Nov. 26.

There are no closures scheduled on the Florence Avenue interchange project the week of Nov. 19.

On Tuesday, Nov. 20 and Wednesday, Nov. 21, crews will continue work to construct the northbound I-5 Florence Avenue on-ramp and the adjacent sound wall. Work will be ongoing at the south end of the sound wall, nearest Florence Avenue. Construction activities will include (but not limited to) backfilling using a vibratory roller, forming sections of the wall, and pouring concrete.

A portion of the sidewalk on Longworth Avenue, adjacent to the northbound I-5, has been closed to accommodate sound wall reconstruction. A chain link fence has been installed to close this area of the sidewalk from public access through the end of 2017. The sidewalk will be restored once sound wall construction is complete. While the sidewalk is being reconstructed, the sidewalk across the street from this work is open and accessible for public use.

On Tuesday morning, Nov. 28 crews will move into the next stage of construction on the Florence Avenue bridge (Stage 2 Phase 1). Traffic will be shifted onto the newly constructed south half of the Florence Avenue bridge and the new lane configuration will include two lanes for westbound traffic and one lane for eastbound traffic.

To prepare for the traffic shift, Florence Avenue will be closed between Studebaker Road and Orr and Day Road from 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 until 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at which time Florence Avenue will reopen with the new temporary lane configuration shown on the map below.

Here is the map of alternate routes to use while Florence Avenue is closed overnight on Monday, Nov. 27.

In addition to the new lane configuration, crews will begin reconstructing the intersection of Orr and Day Road at Florence Avenue, to accommodate the new higher elevation of the Florence Avenue bridge. Please note, the intersection of Orr and Day Road, from Longworth Avenue to Florence Avenue, will be closed for approximately two months (weather permitting), beginning Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 a.m. While the intersection is closed, motorists will be directed to use an alternate route, as shown on the map below.

The new temporary traffic configuration on Florence Avenue is shown on the map below; closure areas are shown in red. To view all of the construction staging maps for the Florence Avenue bridge, visit the Florence Avenue page.

The week of

Nov. 26 crews will resume pile driving activity for the retaining wall adjacent to the northbound I-5 Florence Avenue on-ramp. Please be advised this work may be loud and disruptive due to equipment noise, vibration and pounding related to pile driving activity, and construction lighting (if equipment needs to be moved at nighttime). Pile driving activity will be ongoing for approximately twelve weeks and will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. While pile driving will only be performed during the day, night crews may move equipment to reposition the pile driving rig within the work area.

Once traffic is shifted onto the new southbound half of the Florence Avenue bridge the week of Nov. 26, the week of Dec. 3 crews are tentatively scheduled to demolish the old northbound half of the Florence Avenue bridge. This operation will take place over two to three consecutive nights and will require the full closure of Florence Avenue between Orr & Day Road and Studebaker Road, as well as the full nighttime closure of northbound and southbound I-5 at Florence Avenue. Additional information will be provided once the schedule is finalized. Please be advised, this work may be loud and disruptive due to construction equipment, concrete demolition, back-up alarms and other related activities.

 

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