The I-5 Carpool Lane Widening Project has started. It will widen nearly two miles of freeway in Norwalk by adding one carpool lane and one regular lane in each direction from Silverbow Avenue to Orr and Day Roads. Bridges at San Antonio Drive, Imperial Highway, and Pioneer Boulevard will be rebuilt to accommodate the wider freeway. Improvements also include a new southbound I-5 off-ramp at Imperial Highway, new sound walls, and frontage roads.
According to the Department of Transportation, the $302 million project on the Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) will ease traffic congestion for 230,000 motorists daily and provide jobs for Southern California.
The Norwalk project is part of a $1.6 billion package of six projects that will add nearly 14 miles of carpool lanes on I-5 from the Los Angeles County/Orange County line to the San Gabriel River Freeway (Interstate 605). When completed, motorists will be able to travel seamlessly in a carpool lane from Downey to San Juan Capistrano, a distance of 44 miles.