Some freeway traffic lanes through East Los Angeles will be shifted to the wrong side of the road starting today as major reconstruction begins at a key interchange, Metro officials said.
One of the three lanes on the southbound Long Beach (710) Freeway will be shifted to the left of the center median, causing a split with the two remaining lanes to the right of the center median.
Traffic using the single lane to the left of the regular median will be protected from oncoming traffic by temporary concrete wall, Metro officials said.
The southbound lanes must be split to get past pillars for an overpass in the middle of the freeway. Three lanes will thus be open in each direction.
The unusual split lanes configuration starts Thursday on the 710 Freeway at its interchange with the Pomona (60) Freeway in East Los Angeles, Metro officials said. A 45-mile per hour speed limit will be in force on both directions of the 710 in the interchange area.
The traffic switch will allow contractors to replace seriously-worn concrete paving on the freeway. It is part of a $120 million project to rehabilitate the 50-year-old 710 Freeway between Imperial Highway and Ramona Boulevard.
The split lane configuration will last several months, and the entire project is due for completion in 2015, Metro officials said.