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New I-5/SR-14 connector is part of larger project

Posted: December 27, 2012 5:27 p.m.
Updated: December 27, 2012 5:25 p.m.

Motorists drive by signage for newly opened carpool lanes near the transition from northbound Interstate 5 to northbound Highway 14 in Sylmar on Wednesday.


After about four years of construction, the California Department of Transportation has officially opened a carpool lane connector between Interstate 5 and state Route 14.

The connector allows motorists to transfer between the freeway and highway without exiting the carpool lane. Doing so will reduce traffic congestion and improve safety at the interchange, said Kelly Markham, a spokeswoman for Caltrans.

Caltrans estimates an average of 354,000 motorists use that interchange every day.

The connector is part of a larger $175.8 million I-5 construction effort. Other projects include adding almost 2 miles of additional carpool lanes in the area of the I-5 and Highway 14 interchange and building under crossings for Sierra Highway and the southbound I-5 truck route.

Construction is currently underway for those projects, Markham said.

The entire project is expected to be completed next March. Closure on the I-5, Highway 14 and the I-5 truck route will continue at night as needed until the project is completed.

Other Caltrans projects in the Santa Clarita Valley include the construction of additional truck lanes along the I-5 from Highway 14 to Pico Canyon Road, which is expected to be completed in 2014, and repaving the I-5 from San Fernando Road to Lake Hughes Road, which is expected to begin in 2014.


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