Mon. Sep 26th, 2022
Slater Detours

I-405 set to Close Overnight Saturday in Fountain Valley



Full freeway closure planned in both directions from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Oct. 6 between Brookhurst and Magnolia streets

ORANGE – Interstate 405 through Fountain Valley is scheduled to fully close from approximately 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. beginning Saturday, Oct. 6 as part of the I-405 Improvement Project.

The full freeway closure is necessary to finish safely demolishing the Slater Avenue bridge over the southbound lanes of the I-405. Half the bridge, over the northbound lanes, was demolished during an overnight full freeway closure on Sept. 29.

During this weekend’s freeway closure, northbound drivers will be detoured off the freeway at Brookhurst Street, and southbound motorists will be detoured off the freeway at Magnolia Street.

Drivers should expect nighttime delays in the area and are encouraged to use alternate routes if possible. Up-to-date closure and construction information is available on the project’s interactive map at www.octa.net/405map.

The $1.9 billion I-405 Improvement Project will add one regular lane in each direction from Euclid Street to I-605 and a second lane in each direction in the center of the freeway from SR-73 to I-605 that will combine with the existing carpool lanes to form the 405 Express Lanes.

The bridge is the second of more than 18 bridges to be built, widened or replaced as part of the project, which will speed up travel times on I-405 between Costa Mesa and the Los Angeles County line, an area traveled by more than 370,000 vehicles a day. The McFadden Avenue bridge was the first to be demolished, starting in August.

This 16-mile segment of I-405 is one of the most heavily traveled stretches of highway in the nation, and both the regular lanes and carpool lanes are heavily congested during rush hour and on weekends. The project is critical to accommodate expected employment, population and housing growth throughout the region.

It currently takes drivers about an hour to travel this section of freeway during rush hour and without the project, the commute is projected to double in the next 20 years. Once the project is finished in 2023, it is expected to take about 30 minutes to drive the 16 miles during rush hour in the regular lanes and about 15 minutes in the 405 Express Lanes.

People are encouraged to visit the project website at www.octa.net/405improvement to sign up for construction alerts via automated call, text message or email.

Please see the above image with full detour information.

By Editor

Art Pedroza started Orange County's first political blog, the Orange Juice, back in 2003. He now publishes the top civic blog in Orange County - New Santa Ana, plus other blogs including New Anaheim, New Fullerton and the Irvine News Blog, as well as the OC Politics Blog.

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