Metro on Wednesday celebrated the breakthrough for the I-5 North County Improvement Project, which will improve the operation and safety of the I-5 freeway for drivers in the Santa Clarita Valley. Metro plans, plans and manages the construction of the project in collaboration with Caltrans.
This $ 679 million project is specifically designed to make the I-5 freeway safer, improve freight and people traffic and accommodate the expected population growth in the Santa Clarita Valley. The improvements include the addition of one high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction along with further improvements on a 14-mile corridor between State Highway 14 in Santa Clarita and Parker Road in Kasteik.
“It is critical that we ensure the safe and efficient operation of I-5, which is the backbone of commerce in the western United States,” said Los Angeles County Superintendent and Metro Council member Katherine Berger. “These improvements will help maintain the economic vitality of the entire region while providing key safety improvements to all users in this corridor.”
In addition to new HOV lanes in both directions, project improvements include a 2-mile widening of truck lanes, construction of sound walls in selected locations to reduce highway noise, adding auxiliary lanes at multiple locations and replacing the Waldon Canyon Road to a bridge. These improvements are intended to improve highway safety by removing trucks from designated lanes for general purposes and adding additional air conditioning space.
“We are excited to bring these much-needed improvements to the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Metro CEO Stephanie N. Wiggins. Travel through new lanes of high-occupancy vehicles in both directions. “
Santa Clarita, now the third largest city in Los Angeles County, is expected to increase its population by more than 25,000 people by 2035, as documented in Santa Clarita’s One Vision One Valley program. By improving air conditioning capability and offering trucks a separate lane from general purpose lanes, drivers using the hallway should have a faster, smoother and safer driving experience.
The project is funded through a combination of Measure R and Mead M funding specifically allocated to highway and highway projects, along with SB1 and federal dollars. SB1 uses the state’s fuel taxes and car taxes to fund roads, improve transportation and build walking and cycling projects. Metro expects the project to be completed in 2026.
“This is another example of how SB 1 continues to provide for California residents, and contributes $ 247 million – 36% of the project’s total funding – to improve freight traffic between Southern California and the center of the valley,” said Caltrans director Omishakin. “SB 1 continues to provide critical funding for improving the movement of people and goods across our country, as well as modernizing our infrastructure.”
Improvements are a part Metro’s long-term transportation plan To alleviate congestion in LA County. This plan is a 30-year financial plan that defines the agency’s mobile priorities, which include a transport network with less congestion, where traffic flows more freely and travel times are safer.
For more information on the I-5 North County Enhancements Project, visit https://www.metro.net/projects/i-5-enhancements/.
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