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Traffic is shown on I-5 in this 2013 photo. Photo: File
Traffic is shown on I-5 in this 2013 photo. Photo: File

By Allison Jarrell 

Crews began demolition work on Friday, May 22, on a sound wall along northbound Interstate 5, just north of Camino de Estrella. The sound wall will be reconstructed on top of a new, stronger retaining wall to accommodate an additional lane on the freeway as part of the I-5 South County Improvements Project.

In the coming weeks, drivers can expect to see massive piles of dirt adjacent to the Avenida Pico on-ramp and off-ramp to southbound I-5, which will stay in place for about three months, known as a “settlement period.” The mounds of dirt will compact soil beneath the bridge abutments, helping to mitigate potential settlement of the abutments once the bridge is constructed, Orange County Transportation Authority officials said.

OCTA spokesman Eric Carpenter wrote in an email that the project team has not “observed any substantial issues with traffic flow through the project area,” but some slowing is expected as motorists grow accustomed to the new lane striping.

Following the Memorial Day holiday, regularly scheduled I-5 nighttime lane reductions resumed Tuesday and will continue as necessary.

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comments (4)

  • we where promised a lane and a HOA lane each direction

    now its just a HOA lane and no value built design like more room for more lanes in the future

    how many times will we build and rebuild the same sound wall and bridges

    to little to late

  • mr karma keep looking key word old, try new ,other ,alternat, // i was sold this not that // our packed freeways and the taxes we pay for them is like death by a thousand cuts

    • Sorry, I totally don’t understand your latest comment. No matter, you originally claimed we were promised a carpool lane (which is a HOV lane, not HOA lane by the way) and an extra lane. I simply noted that you are wrong, two extra lanes in each direction were never promised, only a HOV lane extension. ‘Nuf said…

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