Road closures set ahead of rainstorms

A sign on Bouquet Canyon Road near Espuella Drive warns drivers of a possible road closure following a forecast rainstorm in late-October. Katharine Lotze/Signal

Work on California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) sign replacement project and the week’s rainstorms are expected to cause traffic delays and road closures on Interstate 5 and on Bouquet Canyon Road.

Friday, Caltrans will close portions of I-5 as part of the department’s $2.5 million sign replacement project that began in June and will continue until summer 2017.

The nighttime road closure schedule, weather permitting, includes:

Northbound 5 Freeway

  • 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Up to 3 lanes from Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway to Lancaster Road.
  • 7 p.m. to 5 p.m. Lyons Avenue off-ramp, Paxton Street on- and off-ramp.
  • 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Northbound I-5 connector to eastbound 118 Freeway.

Southbound 5 Freeway

  • 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Up to 3 lanes from Quail Lake Road to San Diego (405) Freeway.
  • 7 p.m. to 5 p.m. Lake Hughes Road and Lyons Avenue off-ramp.
  • 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Southbound 5 Freeway truck connector.

The I-5 north and south through the Grapevine might see some slowing as well as snow is expected to fall as low as 3,500 feet Saturday evening and night, according to the National Weather Service.

Last weekend, the California Highway Patrol shut down I-5 through the Grapevine for six hours due to snowfall and hazardous driving conditions.

In Santa Clarita, Los Angeles Department of Public Works officials once again closed Bouquet Canyon Road Thursday at 8 p.m. to prepare for the upcoming storms.

Michael Kasper, public information officer for Public Works, said the road closure will span between gates approximately six miles south of Spunky Canyon Road, just south of Big Oaks Lodge, to the southern boundary of Angeles National Forest, two miles north of Vasquez Canyon Road.

Once the storm passes, Public Works officials will inspect the roadway and open the road to traffic once it is deemed appropriate to do so.

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