210 Freeway reopens after five-day closure, but another is on the way

The 210 freeway in the San Gabriel Valley reopened early Tuesday morning after traffic officials bisected the freeway in Irwindale for bridge renovations over the past five days.

Beginning late last week, motorists suffered traffic jams as repair crews closed the westbound lanes of the 210 from Irwindale Avenue to the 605 freeway for about six miles.

The state Department of Transportation is in the midst of a $30 million project to replace older hinges, railings and gullies on the portion of the freeway that hangs as a bridge over the San Gabriel River, Caltrans said.

The old hinges that hold parts of the 210 bridge together are at least 50 years old and date back to the construction of the freeway, said Eric Menjivar, a spokesman for Caltrans.

Over the past five days, work teams installed new hinges that are a foot taller and 90 feet long and should give the bridge more flexibility to make it more resilient to earthquakes and the pressures of daily vehicular traffic, Menjivar said.

Other updates include raising the height of the bridge railings and the center median, which should improve night-time visibility for drivers, Menjivar said. A higher median blocks the headlights of oncoming vehicles on the opposite side of the freeway.

Caltrans is undergoing similar averaging projects on other sections of the 210, near the 5 Freeway and along Highway 101 from Hollywood to Calabasas.

A second closure will occur August 17-23 along the same eastbound stretch of the 210 to complete updates to the second half of the bridge, Caltrans said.

Closures are subject to change and residents should check the Caltrans Quick Map for the latest information.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-26/210-freeway-reopens-after-five-day-closure-but-another-is-on-the-way 210 Freeway reopens after five-day closure, but another is on the way

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