The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will host a virtual construction kick-off community meeting on Oct. 27 for the I-5 North County Enhancements Project to introduce key project partners and provide the public with information about this highway improvement initiative.
This $679 million project is specifically designed to improve the operations and safety of the I-5 freeway, improve the movement of freight and people and accommodate expected growth in the Santa Clarita Valley. Improvements include the addition of one HOV lane in each direction along with other improvements in this 14-mile corridor. Metro is managing the project in partnership with Caltrans.
Metro intends to use the virtual meeting as an opportunity to introduce project staff and the contractor, OHLA USA, to the community and to provide information about the project. Staff will also take questions and comments and provide guidance on how to stay updated on project milestones. Metro is set to formally break ground on the project in the coming weeks.
Meeting details are as follows:
Construction Kick-Off Community Meeting
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/92983696336
Webinar ID: 929 8369 6336
In addition to new HOV lanes in both directions, project improvements include a two-mile extension of truck lanes, the addition of auxiliary lanes at multiple locations and the replacement of the Weldon Canyon Road Bridge. These improvements intend to enhance safety on the freeway by removing trucks from the general-purpose lanes and adding more space for merging.
The project is funded through a combination of Measure R and Measure M funding specifically set aside for road and highways projects, along with SB1 and federal dollars. SB1 uses state gas taxes and vehicle fees to fund roadways, improve transit and build walking and biking projects.
Metro expects the project to be completed in 2026.
For more information about the I-5 North County Enhancements Project, visit https://www.metro.net/projects/i-5-enhancements/.
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