Valley View Ave. Interchange Project – July 16 – July 23, 2021

Construction on this project is 81% complete.

Projected dates:
The first half of Valley View Ave. Bridge opened to traffic on Monday, 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 Friday, September 18, 2020. 

Completion of second half of Valley View Ave. Bridge: Revised to *mid-2022.
The new Valley View Ave. off ramp from southbound I-5 opened on September 19, 2020.  
N. Firestone Blvd. reverts to two lanes in each direction east of Valley View Ave.: End of 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 S. Firestone connector ramp to the Valley View Ave. Bridge opened on February 28. 2021. 
I-5 Valley View Ave. Interchange projected date of completion: Revised to *mid-2022.

Upcoming changes:
We expect to shift southbound traffic onto the new lanes by the end of August. Then the contractor will repave the current southbound lanes. By early 2022, the northbound lanes will be shifted to the center. 

The contractor placed steel girders over the railroad tracks to connect the final two sections of the second half of the Valley View Ave. Bridge on Tuesday, July 13. Time lapse video and photos below:

New falsework (temporary frame) of the ramp connecting to the bridge to the future on ramp to I-5 south lanes continues. Workers are also placing a grid of rebar across the deck.  Updated photos below:

Workers continued constructing a traffic barrier with fence along the new lanes of I-5 south. Updated photos below:

The contractor finalized concrete work on new lanes of southbound I-5. Photos below:

What is this machine? (Photos below). It’s a grinding machine. It has sharp teeth at the bottom to grind & level the bumps out of the concrete on new lanes of southbound I-5 near Valley View Ave. It is called profilographing. The trucks in the background suck up the grindings.

Slideshow of progress on Valley View Ave. interchange project during March and April of 2021 below:

Photos of concrete paving for new southbound I-5 lanes in early stages below:




On northbound I-5 there are now four all-purpose traffic lanes on I-5 from north of Valley View Ave. to 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 the Orr & Day railroad overhead. Then it changes to four all-purpose lanes until south of Alondra Boulevard, where it reduces to three lanes approaching the Valley View Avenue interchange project that remains under construction until mid-2022.   

When the Valley View Avenue Project is complete in mid-2022, we will open the additional car pool / HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes to traffic. At that time:

  • On northbound I-5 there will be an HOV lane from Valley View Ave. to the Orr & Day railroad overhead.
  • On southbound I-5 there will be an HOV lane from south of the Florence Ave. Bridge to Valley View Ave.



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