By Eric Heinz

Progress is continuing on the Avenida Pico widening, and next week, some significant on- and off-ramp closures will take place.

“Construction on the Avenida Pico segment, (which will start the) traffic switch, marks a significant milestone that will, for the first time, transition southbound traffic onto the new I-5 bridge over Avenida Pico,” said Eric Carpenter, public information officer for the Orange County Transportation Authority.

New pavement will be applied in the area between Avenida Vista Hermosa and Avenida Palizada—just under one mile—during construction. Four lanes of traffic will be reduced to one lane from 10 p.m. on Aug. 19 until noon on Saturday, Aug. 20. Two lanes will be open, however, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

During the 14-hour construction period the following ramps will be closed: southbound on-ramps at Avenida Vista Hermosa and Avenida Pico, southbound off-ramps at Avenida Pico and Avenida Palizada.

The I-5 South Improvement Project is scheduled to be finished by early 2018.

More information on the project can be found at www.octa.net/i5south.

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