Pasadena Freeway work postponed as preservationists line up opposition

Caltrans has postponed the first in a series of weekend closures of southbound portions of the 110 Pasadena Freeway that were supposed to begin tonight. Caltrans spokeswoman Judy Gish said the weekend closures are expected to start in about three weeks but did not know the reason for the delay or have an exact date as to when work is expected to begin. About 20 weekend closures of portions of the freeway are planned as part of $17 million Arroyo Seco Parkway Improvement Project, which includes the installation of new side barriers, lighting and other safety features. But the project has met with opposition from the Highland Park Heritage Trust and othersLos Angeles’s first freeway, which is also known as the Arroyo Seco Parkway. Caltrans rejected a request by the Highland Park group to halt work on the project to look more closely at the impact of historic features. Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the area’s largest historic preservation group, and state assemblyman Anthony Portantino joined Highland Park preservationists in raising concern about the project who fear the construction will destroy some of the historic features of


The conservancy is mostly concerned with plans to remove the raised media that separates traffic lanes, according to a letter posted on the ASNC Alert, the message group organized by the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council. The state highway agency failed to fully inform the pubic about some of the changes, according to the conservancy, which is seeking more time to comment on the improvement. Mike Buhler, director of advocacy for the conservancy, said the state has so far not responded to the letter sent earlier this week.

Gish, the Caltrans spokeswoman, said she did not know if the concerns of preservationists played a role the delay of weekend road work. The southbound lane closures – which will take place every other weekend – will follow construction work as it moves south from Pasadena into Los Angeles to the 5 Freeway. Most northbound lanes will remain open during the weekend construction.

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