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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.
For real time construction updates, visit www.octa.net/5southCountyDetourmap