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UPDATE: I-5 bridge lanes closed during Monday rush hour

No compromise of structural integrity, Caltrans worker says

Posted: September 9, 2013 8:44 a.m.
Updated: September 9, 2013 6:34 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - Damage to the Interstate 5 bridge that spans Magic Mountain Parkway forced highway workers to close down three of the four southbound lanes Monday between 5:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Caltrans workers confirmed.

Traffic remained backed up to the Hasley Canyon Road exit for most of the morning as residents from Castaic and Stevenson Ranch trying to get to work joined the interstate’s truck traffic and travelers trying to squeeze through in a single lane — or they jumped off the freeway and jammed surface streets leading around the problem area.

Citing “heavy truck traffic” as the suspected cause, California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kelly Markham said the closure occurred because “a piece of metal came out of the bridge joint.”

“This in no way has an impact on the structural integrity of the bridge,” she assured motorists Monday afternoon. Still, the temporary asphalt repair will have to be replaced with a permanent solution, which is expected to require more lane closures.

The Interstate 5 bridge over Magic Mountain Parkway and the Santa Clara River was reconstructed in the mid-2000s, followed by a years-long project to rebuild and widen Magic Mountain Parkway under the bridge, widen The Old Road and rebuild all four on- and off-ramps connecting the parkway to the freeway.

The multiple-phased job wasn’t completed until 2009, with the bridge completion coming first.
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