Valley View Ave. Interchange Project – Week of June 15 – June 22, 2018

Construction on this project is 28% complete.

Projected dates:
Completion of first half of Valley View Ave. Bridge: Approximately March of 2019.
Completion of second half of Valley View Ave. Bridge: Approximately December of 2020.
Completion of entire I-5 Valley View Ave. Interchange project: Approximately early 2021.

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The city of La Mirada has requested increased assistance from the La Mirada Sheriff’s Office enforcing the traffic regulation prohibiting large trucks from using N. Firestone Blvd. between the I-5 on and off ramps and Valley View Ave. Caltrans will be adding more signs to divert large trucks from the restricted portion of roadway.

Crews have completed construction of the rebar framework across most of the deck of the Valley View Ave. Bridge over I-5. The contractor continues construction of the bridge pier wall west of I-5 and is laying rebar across the section of the bridge from the railroad tracks to the new ramp at Arbor Place.

The contractor has completed paving and installed K-rail on the new portion of Trojan Way at N. Firestone Bl. and of N. Firestone Bl. from Trojan Way to the end of work zone south of Phoebe Av. During the next week we hope to switch traffic to the new lanes on Trojan Way and N. Firestone.

The nights of Monday, June 18 through Thursday, June 21: The contractor  will control traffic with flagging on Valley View Ave. between Alondra Blvd. and Park Place and along N. Firestone Blvd. from the I-5 ramps to Valley View Ave. between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. each night. The flagging will permit workers to build a surcharge at the northeast corner of N. Firestone Blvd. and Valley View Ave.  A surcharge is a large deposit of dirt that will compress the earth below it in preparation for the construction of the new, elevated section of N. Firestone Blvd.

From 9 p.m. Monday, June 18 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, N. Firestone Blvd. will be under traffic control with flagging between Trojan Way and Phoebe Ave. and Trojan Way will have flagging between Desman Rd. and N. Firestone Blvd. The flagging operations will allow pavement striping and movement of K-rail as we  prepare to shift lanes to the newly constructed lanes of Trojan Way and N. Firestone Blvd.

The nights of Monday, June 18 through Thursday, June 21: N. Firestone Blvd. will be will be under traffic control with flagging from Artesia Blvd. to Knott Ave. and Knott Ave. will have flagging from Cate Dr. to N. Firestone Blvd. each night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The flagging operations will allow the completion of curb and sidewalk construction in the area.

Construction of the section of the Valley View Av. Bridge west of I-5 between the railroad tracks and the Arbor Place on ramp continues. Pictures of progression from May 29, June 5 and June 12 (below):

A southbound view of how the Valley View Ave. Bridge will descend to meet Valley View Ave south of Arbor Place (below):

Men at Work on the deck (below):

 

Northbound views of the deck of the Valley View Ave. Bridge (below):

A southbound view from below of the falsework frame of the Valley View Ave. bridge at the railroad tracks west of I-5:

A northbound view from the deck of the Valley View Ave. Bridge at the railroad tracks west of I-5 (below):

 

Photos of  construction of the rebar frame of the Valley View Ave. Bridge pier wall west of I-5 (June 5) and as workers construct the concrete mold over the rebar frame one week later (June 12) below:

The safety harness and tools that a worker wears when working on the pier wall for the Vallley View Ave. Bridge (below):

 

Workers have completed assembling the rebar framework across most of the deck of the Valley View Ave. Bridge over I-5. Next, the rebar walls will be encased in concrete and then the roadway surface of Valley View Ave. will be constructed over that support structure (below):

 

K-rail has been installed along the newly paved portions of roadway at the intersection of N. Firestone Blvd. and Trojan Way. This coming week the contractor will stripe the lanes and we hope to switch traffic to the new lanes (below):

N. Firestone Blvd. (facing north):

Where Trojan Way & N. Firestone Blvd. intersect (facing I-5):

Trojan Way facing N. Firestone Blvd:

 

Reconstruction of the Coyote Creek Bridge at Trojan Way and N. Firestone Blvd. continues (below):

 

A northbound view of the closed portion of N. Firestone Blvd. between Knott Ave. and Trojan Way (below):

Demolition of the top portion of the old sound wall between I-5 and N. Firestone Blvd at Knott Ave. is complete and K-rail installed (facing south, below):

A southbound view of the new elevation of the future N. Firestone Blvd. between Trojan Way and Knott Ave (below): 

 

This week the contractor will build a surcharge on the northeast corner of N. Firestone Blvd. at Valley View Ave. (below). A surcharge is a large deposit of dirt that will compress the earth below it in preparation for the construction of the new, elevated section of N. Firestone Blvd.

 

The Arbor Place detour is in place as of Friday, May 11. Arbor Place is permanently closed at the old intersection with Valley View Ave. Traffic may turn right or left off of Valley View Ave. one-way onto Arbor Place under the bridge structure south of the railroad tracks. (There is a designated left turn lane on northbound Valley View Ave). Traffic will exit Arbor Place one-way using the new ramp that puts traffic onto eastbound Valley View Ave. See map below:

Traffic on Valley View Ave. now accesses Arbor Pl. under the bridge just south of the railroad tracks (below):

An elevated view of the one-way entrance from Valley View Ave. to Arbor Place and the one-way ramp from Arbor Place to Valley View Ave. south (below):

An elevated view of the permanently closed portion of Arbor Place at Valley View Ave., with a truck entering one-way from Valley View Ave. (below):

Tractor trailers utilizing the new ramp where traffic exiting Arbor Place accesses southbound Valley View Ave. (below):

 

Valley View Ave. will be elevated to meet with the new Valley View Ave. Bridge. In turn, N. Firestone Blvd. will be elevated to meet Valley View Ave. In preparation for these modifications, N. Firestone Blvd. is now reduced to one lane in each direction between Gateway Dr. and Valley View Ave. Trucks over 2,500 lbs. and /or 25′ long are not permitted. Click “play” arrow below:

Restrictions:
Trucks 2500 lbs. or more and / or at least 25’ long will not be permitted to:
• Drive on N. Firestone Blvd. between Valley View Ave. and Gateway Dr.
• Turn left or right onto N. Firestone Blvd. from Valley View Ave.
• Turn left from the northbound I-5 Valley View Ave. exit ramp at Gateway Dr.
to access Valley View. They must turn right onto N. Firestone Blvd.

Access to all local businesses will remain open.

Through the remainder of this project, there will be recurring closures of:
N. Firestone Blvd. between Valley View Ave. and Gateway Dr.
Valley View Ave. between Alondra Blvd. and Park Place.
Access to businesses within those closure parameters will ALWAYS be permitted. Secure the attention of workers on scene to allow access, if necessary.

N. Firestone Boulevard is CLOSED between Knott Avenue and Trojan Way in La Mirada until at least April of 2019 to prepare for the widening of I-5 and to allow demolition and reconstruction of the bridge over Coyote Creek. N. Firestone Boulevard will be rebuilt to the east. Closure and detour map below:

 

On Monday, June 11, crews began pile-driving in the Coyote Creek channel near the intersection of Trojan Way and N. Firestone Blvd. Local businesses should expect vibration and noise during normal, daytime working hours.

Questions and Answers:

1. What agency is responsible for enforcing the regulation prohibiting large trucks from using N. Firestone Blvd. Between the I-5 on/off ramps and Valley View Ave.?
Although this is a Caltrans construction project, we do not have the authority to enforce traffic laws. That is under the jurisdiction of law enforcement, including CHP and the City of La Mirada Sheriff’s Department. When large trucks drive through that restricted zone, they are breaking the law. The CHP has assisted us with enforcement and issuance of tickets multiple times, especially when the lane change was first implemented.  The city of La Mirada has requested additional assistance / enforcement from the Sheriff’s Office. 

2. When construction is complete, will S. Firestone Blvd. still run through from Valley View Ave. to Artesia Blvd.?
Yes. 

3. When N. Firestone Blvd. is re-opened between Knott Ave. and Trojan Way, will traffic signals be installed at those two intersections?
The construction plans currently provide for stop signs only. Any changes would need to be requested by the city of La Mirada.

4. Will N. Firestone Blvd. be rebuilt from Trojan Way all the way to the I-5 ramps?
Yes. 


DISCLAIMER
: Due to the dynamic nature of construction, please note that all dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen operational factors or inclement weather.

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