Two Killed After Vehicle Veers off Freeway

September 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A man and a woman were killed early Monday when their 2016 Kia flew off the Long Beach (710) Freeway and struck a tree in Lynwood, authorities said.

The coroner’s office later identified them as Los Angeles residents Braller Nunez, 23, and Beatriz Ortiz, 21.

The crash was reported around 4:30 a.m. off the northbound Long Beach (710) Freeway approaching the Imperial Highway interchange, said California Highway Patrol Officer Stephan Brandt.

For an unknown reason, the driver, Ortiz, made an unsafe turning movement toward the right and the car traveled down an embankment where it crashed into a tree, according to CHP Officer M. Ochoa.

Ortiz was wearing a seatbelt but Nunez was not, authorities said. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, Ochoa said.

Alcohol and drugs are suspected to be a factor in the crash, he added.

The investigation is ongoing.

Major Weekend Closure On 710 Freeway Starts Tonight

March 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Motorists planning to the use the Long Beach (710) Freeway from the Monterey Park area this weekend may want to look for an alternate route or prepare for delays, thanks to a major closure that begins tonight.

According to Caltrans, the southbound 710 Freeway will have only one lane open between the San Bernardino (10) and Pomona (60) freeways to accommodate the placement of concrete slabs. Connector ramps from the 10 Freeway to the southbound 710 will also be closed.

The closures begin at 10 p.m. and will continue until 5 a.m. Monday.

The work is part of a $120 million pavement replacement project on the 710 Freeway between the Century (105) Freeway and the 10. The project is scheduled to be completed later this year.

CANCELLED: 710 Freeway Closures In Bell Gardens Start Friday

February 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

[Update Feb. 20: The freeway closures planed for this weekend have been cancelled due to weather, the department of transportation announced Thursday evening.]

The Long Beach (710) Freeway will be closed two nights per weekend, starting Friday, as a major reconstruction project continues in southeastern Los Angeles County.

The 710 Freeway will be closed in both directions between Florence Avenue and Washington Boulevard late Friday night and Sunday nights for the next three weekends. That area is several miles south of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, and north of the 105 Freeway.

Although the 710 Freeway will reopen on the following mornings, through traffic lanes will be significantly reduced all day on Saturdays, all night Saturday nights, and also closed continuing through Sundays and into the nights.

Caltrans engineers said they hope to finish the work in three weekends, but it could take six weekends of closures to get the work done.

Full freeway closures on the 710 will begin at 11:59 p.m. Friday nights, with the freeway reopening with significant lane closures at 6 a.m. Saturdays. Then again on Sunday nights, at 11 p.m., both directions of the 710 will be closed, to reopen at 5 a.m. Mondays with all lanes open.

Ramps in the Bell Gardens area will be closed, at Florence Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard.

Caltrans officials urged motorists to avoid the 710 between the 60 and 105 freeways if at all possible on the next three to six weekends. They suggested using the 110 or 605 freeways.

The closure pattern will free up about half of the freeway at a time, and workers will use the 55 hours each weekend to replace concrete slabs, upgrade the wooden median guardrail to concrete and build pullouts for maintenance trucks.

Shimmick/Myers and Sons is the contractor for the $120 million reconstruction of the 55-year-old freeway, a project that started in 2012 and will end in 2016.

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