Commuters who use the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) to travel through the southeast cities on weekends might want to rethink their travel plans over the next couple of months, according to Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation.
For the next 10 weeks, except during the Labor Day weekend, portions of the I-710 freeway will be shut down to traffic as part of the ongoing Long Life Pavement Rehabilitation Project.
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The 53-hour freeway closures from Bell to Downey started last weekend, according tot Caltrans. Closures will include both full and partial closures. Full freeway closures are scheduled for Friday at midnight until 6 a.m. on Saturday, and again on Sunday night, from midnight until 6 a.m. Monday.
When the freeway re-opens to traffic on Saturday at 6 a.m., the median barriers will guide all motorists to shift to the northbound side of the freeway. This allows construction crews to work on southbound I-710 and motorists to continue their commutes throughout the weekend using a reduced number of available lanes, according to Caltrans.
The closure extends from the Glenn Anderson Freeway (I-105) connector to northbound I-710 to Atlantic Boulevard in the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, South Gate and Downey, according to Caltrans.
Additional extended freeway weekend closures are scheduled for August 12-15, 19-22, 26-29; September 9-12,16-19, 23-26, 30-October 3 (No construction Sept.2-5, Labor Day), and October 7-10 and 14-17.
Drivers are advised to look for alternative routes, and reminded to slow down for construction crews.
For more information visit www.dot.ca.gov/dist07