Council to mull Ave. I overpass

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The city is proposing to widen Avenue I to three lanes in each direction and provide dual left turn lanes onto the freeway from both the east and west. The existing southbound off-ramp will be removed and a new loop will be constructed to intersect with Avenue I at 23rd Street West. Traffic exiting on the southbound ramp will actually end up north as it approaches to the intersection, said Steve Dassler, city engineer and assistant public works director. The work will require a new independent bridge structure over Avenue I adjacent to the existing southbound freeway, Dassler said. Design work is expected to be completed in June. The design work is being done by Willdan, an Anaheim company that performed engineering and environmental studies on the freeway overpass at Avenue H. Construction is expected to begin in early 2007, with completion expected later that year, Dassler said. The city has spent about $33 million over the past 13 years on overpass projects, installing overpasses across Sierra Highway and the railroad tracks at avenues H and L, and over the freeway, also at avenues H and Avenue L. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – The city is planning its fifth overpass project, this time to reconfigure the Avenue I exit at the Antelope Valley Freeway. At its meeting tonight, the Lancaster City Council will consider a cooperative agreement with the state Department of Transportation for the construction of the Avenue I freeway overpass. The project, estimated to cost about $8.5 million, will address one of the headaches of Antelope Valley motorists – the existing southbound off-ramp has no traffic signals, meaning motorists have to wait for a break in traffic traveling on Avenue I. “It’s a safety measure,” Mayor Frank Roberts said of the project. “It’s very important.” last_img read more