Commuters traveling to and from the San Fernando Valley should prepare for a series of freeway closures starting Sunday.
A $140-million California Department of Transportation project intended to allow smooth freeway-to-freeway transitions on carpool lanes and improve congestion on the Interstate 5 (I-5) will close off lanes on the freeway from Oct. 2-7.
Planned closures, subject to change, include:
-Maximum two lanes on the northbound I-5 between the 170 freeway and Paxton Street from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
-Maximum two lanes of the southbound I-5 between the 170 and 118 freeways, from 9 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. and from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m.
-Maximum three lanes of the southbound I-5 between the 170 and 118 freeways, from 11:59 p.m. to 4 a.m.
-The southbound I-5 Van Nuys Boulevard on-ramp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The project will also close off the Sheldon Street and Osborne Street on and off-ramps, and the Van Nuys Boulevard off-ramp, until January 2012. Caltrans is slated to complete the work in late 2013.