Demolition activity for the old Carmenita Road bridge is ongoing. *Please note, there are no nighttime full freeway closures scheduled Thursday, July 16; work will resume Friday night, July 17. Bridge demolition activity will require approximately one more week of nightly full freeway closures (Monday through Saturday nights) on northbound and southbound I-5, between Valley View Avenue and Rosecrans Avenue. Closures scheduled Monday through Thursday will take place between midnight and 5 a.m. and Friday and Saturday nights between midnight and 7 a.m.
Below are a few photos captured during the Carmenita Road bridge demolition. (For more photos and videos click here.)
In addition to the full freeway closures, the westbound SR-91 connector to northbound I-5 (during northbound I-5 full closure) and the southbound I-605 connector to southbound I-5 (during southbound I-5 full closure) will also be closed between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. (Monday through Thursday nights) and 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. (Friday and Saturday nights). Visit the project Google map for detailed detour information and a weekly schedule of closures related to bridge demolition activity.
The intersection of Excelsior Drive and Carmenita Road is closed temporarily, while the intersection is reconstructed to tie in with the new bridge. Also, the northbound I-5 Carmenita Road off-ramp has been temporarily reconfigured. Motorists that exit northbound I-5 at Carmenita will be directed to turn right on Excelsior Drive, left on Spring Avenue and left on Pumice Street to access Carmenita Road. Click the map below for more information regarding the new off-ramp configuration.
As a result of the traffic shift onto the new Carmenita bridge, the traffic pattern at the intersection of Firestone Boulevard and Carmenita Road has been temporarily detoured; motorists exiting southbound I-5 at Carmenita will only be permitted to continue straight on Firestone.
Finally, in early-August crews will begin pile driving activity to construct the new northbound I-5 Carmenita Road off-ramp. Additional information regarding this operation will be provided once the schedule for this work is finalized.