Caltrans has no plans to halt construction work on the 110 Pasadena Freeway as requested by Highland Park preservationists, who fear the project will damage the historic character of the city’s oldest freeway. In fact, the $17 million project – which includes new barriers and other safety improvement features – will soon be moving into a phase that promises to shut down sections of the freeway on numerous weekends through early next year.
“It’s moving forward as planned,” said Caltrans spokeswoman Kelly Markham of the Arroyo Parkway Improvement Project. The project will “improve safety for motorists, reduce maintenance costs and improve the appearance of the historic highway.”
However, Markham warned motorists that all southbound lanes of the freeway will be closed on as many as 20 weekends (northbound lanes will remain open for the most part) beginning later this month. The first, 55-hour, weekend closure is scheduled to begin Friday, April 23 when southbound lanes will be closed between Glenarm in Pasadena and Orange Grove in South Pasadena. Subsequent freeway closures – which will take place every other weekend – will follow construction work as it moves south into Los Angeles to the 5 Freeway.
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