'East L.A. Jam': Two 35-hour closures of the I-710 at Olympic Blvd for bridge repair begins Friday

- The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close lanes on north- and southbound I-710 at Olympic Boulevard to repair damaged pavement on the freeway bridge above Olympic Boulevard on two separate weekends for 35-hours, Friday, October 7 (stage 1) and Friday, October 28 (stage 2). This emergency project must be done to prevent further damage to the bridge deck.

To repair the pavement on the bridge, construction crews will grind the pavement, repave the bridge deck, and then replace the joint seals.  The damaged section of the bridge is 96-feet long and 53-feet wide.  

Caltrans engineers determined that rapid-setting concrete will be used to repave the bridge deck as it has a six-hour curing window, compared to other types of concrete that could take days to harden. Rapid-setting concrete will reduce traffic impacts to the interstate and surrounding communities. Vibrations from freeway traffic will prevent the rapid-setting concrete from hardening properly, therefore all south- and northbound lanes will be closed for 35-hours in separate time segments.



Motorists should expect long delays and consider alternate routes.  The closures will occur on the following days and times: 

Stage 1 – Friday, October 7 to Sunday, October 9 
Southbound 
Full freeway closure: SR-60 to Olympic Boulevard, Friday, October 7 to Saturday, October 8 – 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. 
Two lanes closed: Saturday, October 8 – 3 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Full freeway closure:  SR-60 to Olympic Boulevard, Sunday, October 9 – Midnight to 10 a.m.

Northbound
Full freeway closure: At Olympic Boulevard, Sunday, October 9 – Midnight to 6 a.m.

Related Closures:
Northbound I-5 to northbound I-710

East- and westbound SR-60 to southbound I-710 connector 
Third Street on-ramp
Cesar Chavez Avenue on-ramp
Whittier Boulevard/Olympic Boulevard off-ramp

Stage 2 – Friday, October 28 to Sunday, October 30
Southbound
Full freeway closure: SR-60 connector to Olympic Boulevard off-ramp, Friday, October 28 – 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Two lanes closed:  Saturday, October 29 – 3 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Full freeway closure:  SR-60 connector to Olympic Boulevard off-ramp, Sunday, October 30 – Midnight to 10 a.m.

Northbound
Full freeway closure: At Olympic Boulevard, Sunday, October 30 – Midnight to 6 a.m.

Related Closures: 
Northbound I-5 to northbound I-710

West- and eastbound SR-60 to southbound I-710 connector
Southbound I-710 to southbound I-5 connector
Third Street on-ramp
Cesar Chavez Avenue on-ramp

Signed detours will be in place.  Motorists should expect delays.  The California Highway Patrol will be on duty.  Please Be Work Zone Alert #BWZA. 

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