Valley View Ave. Interchange Project – September 30 – October 7, 2022

Construction on this project is 92% complete.

Milestone Timeline: 

  • The first half of Valley View Ave. Bridge opened to traffic on October 7, 2019 with one lane in each direction. A second lane opened to traffic on the southbound side of the Valley View Avenue Bridge on September 18, 2020. A second lane opened to traffic on the northbound side on May 4, 2022.
  • The new Valley View Ave. off ramp from southbound I-5 opened on September 19, 2020.  
  • New S. Firestone connector ramp to southbound Valley View Ave. Bridge opened on February 28. 2021.
  • N. Firestone Blvd. re-opened between Knott Ave. and Trojan Way on February 28, 2021. 
  • New S. Firestone Blvd. running under the Valley View Ave. Bridge opened on July 13, 2020.
  • New I-5 northbound HOV lane from Alondra Blvd. to the Orr & Day Rd. railroad overhead, south of Florence Avenue, opened on February 11, 2022. As of June 30, four all-purpose lanes plus one HOV lane are open from the Orange County line to south of Florence Ave.
  • New I-5 southbound HOV lane from just south of the Florence Ave. Bridge in Santa Fe Springs to the Orange County line opened on Friday, April 8, 2022.
  • In the southbound lanes of N. Firestone Blvd. at Valley View Ave. a second lane opened in spring of 2022.
  • The new Valley View Avenue loop off ramp from northbound I-5 opened June 28. The old ramp is permanently closed and is being demolitshed. 
  • As of Thursday, September 1, 2022, three lanes were open to traffic in each direction of the Valley View Avenue Bridge. 
  • The new Valley View Avenue on ramp to southbound I-5 opened on Friday, September 2, 2022. 
  • The S. Firestone Blvd. ramp connecting to the west side of the Valley View Avenue Bridge opened on Friday, September 2, 2022.   

Still to complete:
Demolish old off ramp from northbound I-5, pave final lane & shoulder, build shoulder barrier and shift traffic back to the right.
Build new sand filters. 
Complete final striping configuration of northbound off ramp. 

The contractor has been trenching and excavating for the foundation of a barrier that runs along I-5 northbound. They are also forming the rebar for this barrier foundation and placing it into the trench. A drainage crew is working next to the barrier on the southern end of the project. Fresh jointed plain concrete pavement (JPCP) was poured last week for a portion of the gore area, shoulder, and lane for the off ramp at Valley View Ave. Photos below:

This week workers poured the final layer of concrete (jointed plain concrete pavment) for the new auxiliary lanes and gore point on northbound I-5. Photos below:

Workers have been trenching for the footing & installing rebar cages for a new traffic barrier; raising manholes on Knott Avenue & North Firestone Boulevard; and forming and raising inlet caps of the northbound I-5 mainline shoulder. Photos below:

Crews have also been compacting the area around the drainage sand filter near the northbound Valley View Avenue loop offramp. Photos below:

Workers pouring the final layer of concrete (jointed plain concrete pavement) for the final new auxiliary lanes on northbound I-5 approaching the Valley View Avenue off ramp. Photos below:

Workers installing a drainage system across North Firestone Boulevard, raising manholes on North Firestone Boulevard, excavating footing, and building forms for new inlets. Photos below:

Workers installed drainage for slotted steel pipe, rock blanket at the southbound Artesia Boulevard off ramp, drainage for the water runoff detention basin, and excavated for a new traffic barrier. Photos below:

In preparation for the final concrete pour, workers built forms, placed plastic sheets, inserted tie bars and placed dowel baskets for paving of the shoulder lane on northbound I-5 approaching the Valley View Avenue off ramp. They have also poured new asphalt to widen N. Firestone Blvd. by four feet and built a new curb. Photos below:

Workers have also been constructing sidewalk on South Firestone Boulevard. Photos below:

The new Valley View Avenue on ramp to southbound I-5 is now open to traffic. Video of vehicles accessing the ramp below:

Aerial views of the Valley View Avenue Bridge interchange from Wednesday, August 31 below:

Workers installed new traffic signals and restriped the Valley View Avenue Bridge the night of Tuesday, August 29 & Wednesday, August 30. As of Thursday, September 1, the Valley View Avenue Bridge over I-5 has three lanes open in each direction. Video & photos below: 

Worlkers poured and leveled the final layer of concrete (jointed plain concrete pavement) for the new auxiliary lane on northbound I-5 approaching the Valley View Avenue off ramp. Photos below:

 

The contractor is building a rock blanket along S. Firestone Bloulevard under the  Valley View Avenue Bridge overcrossing. Photos below:

As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 28 the new Valley View Avenue loop off ramp from northbound I-5 is open. Traffic connects directly to Valley View Avenue, not via N. Firestone Boulevard, as it did with the old off ramp. This is not the final configuration. Photos below:

On Thursday, June 30 the final segment of new lanes between the Orange County line and Alondra Boulevard opened. There are now four all-purpose lanes plus one HOV lane open from the Orange Couny line to south of  the Florence Avenue Bridge near I-605. Photos below show traffic using new lanes during the day and at night:

Construction of the Austin Vault sand filter, which will filter pollutants and debris from freeway runoff, is complete. Photos below:

The Valley View Avenue Bridge now has two lanes open to traffic in each direction. Workers constructed the new median barrier and island with a rock blanket. Photos below:

 

In the early stages of constrcuting the new northbound Valley View Avenue off ramp, the contractor completed pouring the first layer of concrete (lean concrete base) and then poured, leveled and compacted asphalt on the off ramp. Photos below:

The contractor finished pouring the final layer of concrete for the new freeway lanes on northbound I-5 between the Orange County line and Alondra Boulevard. Then they grinded and profiled the surface to smooth it out and replaced some of the concrete slabs. Photos below:

Aerial views of the new Valley View Avenue loop off ramp from northbound I-5 and the corresponding collector lane in April below:

Three aerial views of the construction zone at the loop off ramp and the bridge below:



Two aerial views of the future collector lane near the loop off ramp and where it will merge with freeway lanes below: 

 

At 5 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2022 the new HOV lane on southbound I-5 opened from just south of the Florence Ave. Bridge in Santa Fe Springs all the way to the Orange County line. This creates a total of five southbound lanes: four all-purpose lanes and one HOV lane. The lanes match those on the Orange County side of I-5. 

Map below:

Video & photos of vehicles using the new southbound I-5 HOV lane below:

The contractor poured lean concrete base, the first of two layers of concrete for the new northbound I-5 freeway lanes. Photos below:

After demolishing concrete from old lanes, the contractor excavated and removed old reinforced concrete drainage pipe and replaced it with new pipe. Photos below:

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday, February 11, the I-5 northbound HOV lane was opened to traffic from Alondra Boulevard to the Orr & Day Road railroad overhead, south of Florence Avenue. There are now four northbound all-purpose lanes plus one HOV lane open within those parameters. There are still three lanes from the Orange County line to Alondra Boulevard. 

The northbound HOV lane from the Orange County line to Alondra Boulevard remains closed as the contractor continues reconstruction of the Valley View Avenue interchange. 

Below is an aerial video view of the Valley View Ave. interchange construction site at I-5, prior to the final concrete pour on the S. Firestone Blvd. ramp (left).

Aerial video below shows ramp that will connect S. Firestone Blvd. to the Valley View Ave. Bridge while workers were installing rebar before final layer of concrete was poured: 

A different aerial view of ramp that will connect S. Firestone Blvd. to the Valley View Ave. Bridge, below: 

On Thursday, February 10, the final layer of concrete was poured on the deck of the ramp that will connect S. Firestone Boulevard to the Valley View Ave. Bridge. Photos before and during pour below:

Workers poured the first layer of concrete and then removed wooden forms from the stem walls and soffit (deck underside) on the ramp that will connect S. Firestone Blvd. to the Valley View Ave. Bridge: Then they placed the forms horizontally across the stem walls as a base to lay the next layer of rebar. Photos below (in order of progress): 

The contractor finished excavating in preparation to install an Austin Vault sand filter, to filter storm water runoff from the freeway & keep motor oil, litter, etc. out of creeks & waterways. Video & photos below: 

 

On northbound I-5 there are now four all-purpose traffic lanes plus one HOV (high occupancy vehicle) or carpool lane on I-5 from Alondra Boulevard to the Orr & Day Road railroad overhead south of the Florence Ave. Bridge. Then there are three all purpose lanes, plus two auxiliary lanes connecting to the northbound and southbound I-605. Under the I-605 Bridge, I-5  reverts to four all-purpose lanes, plus a fifth auxiliary lane connecting traffic from I-605 to I-5. Then it reduces again to four all-purpose lanes.

On southbound I-5 there are now five lanes where traffic merges from the I-605 interchange until south of the Florence Avenue Bridge, where it becomes four all-purpose lanes and on HOV lane all the way to the Orange County line, matching lanes on the Orange County side of I-5.    

When the Valley View Avenue Project is complete:

  • On northbound I-5 there will be an HOV lane from the Orange County line to the Orr & Day Road railroad overhead south of the Florence Avenue Bridge. 
  • On southbound I-5 there will be an HOV lane from south of the Florence Ave. Bridge to the Orange County line.

 

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