Valley View Ave. Interchange Project – May 20 – May 27, 2022

Construction on this project is 89% complete.


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. 

The new Valley View Ave. off ramp from southbound I-5 opened on September 19, 2020.  
N. Firestone Blvd. re-opened between Knott Ave. and Trojan Way on February 28, 2021.  
A fourth lane opened to traffic on the Valley View Ave. Bridge on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. 
New S. Firestone Blvd. running under the Valley View Ave. Bridge opened on July 13, 2020. 
New S. Firestone connector ramp to southbound Valley View Ave. Bridge opened on February 28. 2021.
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. 
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.
On the southbound side of N. Firestone Blvd. at Valley View Ave., a second lane is scheduled to re-open by *summer 2022.
Completion of second half of Valley View Ave. Bridge: Revised to *mid-2022.
I-5 Valley View Ave. Interchange projected date of completion: Revised to *mid-2022.

Still to complete:
Finish pouring concrete for new freeway lanes on northbound I-5.
Complete & open new on ramp to southbound I-5. 
Complete & open new loop off ramp from northbound I-5. Demolish & close old ramp. 
Complete & open new ramp connecting S. Firestone Boulevard to Valley View Ave. Bridge.  
Construct new median barrier and open remaining lanes on Valley View Ave. Bridge. 
Complete Austin Vault sand filter. 

The contractor finished pouring the final layer of concrete for the new mainline freeway lanes and the right shoulder on northbound I-5 between the Orange County line and Alondra Boulevard. This week they also poured final concrete in the gore point between the mainline lanes & the new on ramp. Updated photos below:

The contractor completed pouring the first layer of concrete (lean concrete base) on the new Valley View Avenue loop off ramp from northbound I-5. Updated photos below:

Workers have been installing drainage along the new mainline lanes of northbound I-5. Photos below:

Workers installed new traffic signals and shifted traffic lanes on the bridge the night of Tuesday, May 3. The Valley View Avenue Bridge now has two lanes open to traffic in each direction and construction has begun on a new median island. The new permanent signals at the end of the Valley View Avenue off ramp and at Arbor Place are installed. Updated photos  below:

Workers continue building an Austin Vault sand filter, which will filter pollutants and debris from freeway runoff. The final concrete has been poured and molds removed from the walls. Updated progress photos below:

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

On Friday, April 22 the temporary traffic signals at the intersection of Valley View Ave. and Park Place that were installed at the beginning of the construction project were removed. The intersection was returned to its original configuration. The northbound and southbound left turn lanes will remain in place. Map & photos 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:

After demolishing concrete from old lanes, the contractor excavated and removed old reinforced concrete drainage pipe and replaced it with new pipe. 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): 

The contractor finished excavating in preparation to install an Austin Vault sand filter, to filter storm water runoff from the freeway & keep motor oil, litter, etc. out of creeks & waterways. Video & photos below: 

 

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 on HOV lane all the way to the Orange County line, matching lanes on the Orange County side of I-5.    

When the Valley View Avenue Project is complete:

  • On northbound I-5 there will be an HOV lane from the Orange County line to the Orr & Day Road railroad overhead south of the Florence Avenue Bridge. 
  • On southbound I-5 there will be an HOV lane from south of the Florence Ave. Bridge to the Orange County line.

 

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