Valley View Ave. Interchange Project – December 2- December 9, 2022

Construction on this project is 93% complete.

Milestone Timeline: 

  • The first half of Valley View Ave. Bridge opened to traffic on October 7, 2019 with one lane in each direction. A second lane opened to traffic on the southbound side of the Valley View Avenue Bridge on September 18, 2020. A second lane opened to traffic on the northbound side on May 4, 2022.
  • The new Valley View Ave. off ramp from southbound I-5 opened on September 19, 2020.  
  • New S. Firestone connector ramp to southbound Valley View Ave. Bridge opened on February 28. 2021.
  • N. Firestone Blvd. re-opened between Knott Ave. and Trojan Way on February 28, 2021. 
  • New S. Firestone Blvd. running under the Valley View Ave. Bridge opened on July 13, 2020.
  • New I-5 northbound HOV lane from Alondra Blvd. to the Orr & Day Rd. railroad overhead, south of Florence Avenue, opened on February 11, 2022. As of June 30, four all-purpose lanes plus one HOV lane are open from the Orange County line to south of Florence Ave.
  • New I-5 southbound HOV lane from just south of the Florence Ave. Bridge in Santa Fe Springs to the Orange County line opened on Friday, April 8, 2022.
  • In the southbound lanes of N. Firestone Blvd. at Valley View Ave. a second lane opened in spring of 2022.
  • The new Valley View Avenue loop off ramp from northbound I-5 opened June 28. The old ramp is permanently closed and is being demolitshed. 
  • As of Thursday, September 1, 2022, three lanes were open to traffic in each direction of the Valley View Avenue Bridge. 
  • The new Valley View Avenue on ramp to southbound I-5 opened on Friday, September 2, 2022.
  • The S. Firestone Blvd. ramp connecting to the west side of the Valley View Avenue Bridge opened on Friday, September 2, 2022.    

Still to complete:

  • Installation of chain link railing on top of the barrier continues. 
  • Installation of plant irrigation is complete. Installation of plants on southbound side starts second week of December.
  • Shift I-5 traffic lanes back to the right and apply final thermoplastic striping. 
  • Construction of bioswale continues along northbound I-5 before and after the Valley View Avenue off ramp. 
  • Vegetation control along N. Firestone Boulevard near Coyote Creek Bridge. 
  • Improvement in the area between Gateway Drive and I-5 between the old northbound on and off ramps. 
  • Complete access road that connects Arbor Place to other side of Valley View Avenue for local businesses. 

This week the contractor poured asphalt for lanes of the new Valley View Avenue off ramp from northbound I-5. Photos below:

Workers simultaneously began demolition of asphalt on the old northbound Valley View off ramp across from Gateway Drive. Photos below:

The contractor raised manholes on S. Firestone Boulevard where the layer of new asphalt raised the surface of the roadway above the old manhole covers. This week they began pouring asphalt around the new covers. Updated photos below:

Workers have been excavating and paving drainage along the northbound I-5 mainline by Trojan Way (left) and prepping to pour concrete along the base of the traffic barrier between northbound I-5 Valley View off ramp lanes and N. Firestone Boulevard (right):

Workers continued installing fencing along the top of the traffic barrier between the new auxiliary lanes on northbound I-5 and N. Firestone Boulevard. Updated photos below:

Photos of  construction of the traffic barrier on North Firestone Boulevard and the northbound freeway mainline below:

Photos of construction of a rock blanket between the new northbound I-5 lanes and the new traffic barrier between Trojan Way and Valley View Avenue below:

The contractor installed metal beam guardrail along the southbound I-5 near the southbound on ramp. Photos below:
 

Photos of construction of an earth berm for an Austin Vault sand filter below: 

Workers installed gravel for the Austin Vault sand filter. Photo below:

The contractor constructed forms and poured concrete for the traffic barrier along the final northbound I-5 lanes and removed forms from the completed sections. Photos below:

On the night of Friday, October 21 final thermoplastic striping was applied to Valley View Avenue between Alondra Boulevard and Artesia Boulevard and to all of the northbound and southbound on and off ramps at the Valley View Avenue interchange at I-5. Photos below:

Workers poured the final layer of concrete (jointed plain concrete pavement) for the new auxiliary lanes and gore point on northbound I-5. Photos below:

The new Valley View Avenue on ramp to southbound I-5 is now open to traffic. Video of vehicles accessing the ramp below:

Aerial views of the Valley View Avenue Bridge interchange from Wednesday, August 31 below:

Workers installed new traffic signals and restriped the Valley View Avenue Bridge the night of Tuesday, August 29 & Wednesday, August 30. As of Thursday, September 1, the Valley View Avenue Bridge over I-5 has three lanes open in each direction. Video & photos below: 

Worlkers pouring and leveling final layer of concrete (jointed plain concrete pavement) for the new auxiliary lane on northbound I-5 approaching the Valley View Avenue off ramp. Photos below:

As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 28 the new Valley View Avenue loop off ramp from northbound I-5 is open. Traffic connects directly to Valley View Avenue, not via N. Firestone Boulevard, as it did with the old off ramp. This is not the final configuration. Photos below:

On Thursday, June 30 the final segment of new lanes between the Orange County line and Alondra Boulevard opened. There are now four all-purpose lanes plus one HOV lane open from the Orange Couny line to south of  the Florence Avenue Bridge near I-605. Photos below show traffic using new lanes during the day and at night:

Construction of an Austin Vault sand filter, which will filter pollutants and debris from freeway runoff, is nearly complete. Photos below:

Aerial views of the new Valley View Avenue loop off ramp from northbound I-5 and the corresponding collector lane in April of 2022 below:

Three aerial views of the construction zone at the loop off ramp and the bridge below:



Two aerial views of the future collector lane near the loop off ramp and where it will merge with freeway lanes below: 

 

At 5 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2022 the new HOV lane on southbound I-5 opened from just south of the Florence Ave. Bridge in Santa Fe Springs all the way to the Orange County line. This creates a total of five southbound lanes: four all-purpose lanes and one HOV lane. The lanes match those on the Orange County side of I-5. 

Map below:

Video & photos of vehicles using the new southbound I-5 HOV lane below:

The contractor poured lean concrete base, the first of two layers of concrete for the new northbound I-5 freeway lanes. Photos below:

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday, February 11, the I-5 northbound HOV lane was opened to traffic from Alondra Boulevard to the Orr & Day Road railroad overhead, south of Florence Avenue. There are now four northbound all-purpose lanes plus one HOV lane open within those parameters. There are still three lanes from the Orange County line to Alondra Boulevard. 

The northbound HOV lane from the Orange County line to Alondra Boulevard remains closed as the contractor continues reconstruction of the Valley View Avenue interchange. 

Below is an aerial video view of the Valley View Ave. interchange construction site at I-5, prior to the final concrete pour on the S. Firestone Blvd. ramp (left).

Aerial video below shows ramp that will connect S. Firestone Blvd. to the Valley View Ave. Bridge while workers were installing rebar before final layer of concrete was poured: 

A different aerial view of ramp that will connect S. Firestone Blvd. to the Valley View Ave. Bridge, below: 

On Thursday, February 10, the final layer of concrete was poured on the deck of the ramp that will connect S. Firestone Boulevard to the Valley View Ave. Bridge. Photos before and during pour below:

Workers poured the first layer of concrete and then removed wooden forms from the stem walls and soffit (deck underside) on the ramp that will connect S. Firestone Blvd. to the Valley View Ave. Bridge: Then they placed the forms horizontally across the stem walls as a base to lay the next layer of rebar. Photos below (in order of progress): 

On northbound I-5 there are now four all-purpose traffic lanes plus one HOV (high occupancy vehicle) or carpool lane on I-5 from Alondra Boulevard to the Orr & Day Road railroad overhead south of the Florence Ave. Bridge. Then there are three all purpose lanes, plus two auxiliary lanes connecting to the northbound and southbound I-605. Under the I-605 Bridge, I-5  reverts to four all-purpose lanes, plus a fifth auxiliary lane connecting traffic from I-605 to I-5. Then it reduces again to four all-purpose lanes.

On southbound I-5 there are now five lanes where traffic merges from the I-605 interchange until south of the Florence Avenue Bridge, where it becomes four all-purpose lanes and one HOV lane all the way to the Orange County line, matching lanes on the Orange County side of I-5.    

 

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