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UPDATE: 5 Freeway Reopened In Grapevine With CHP Escorts After Snow Closure

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Both directions of the 5 Freeway in the Grapevine has been reopened with California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer escorts after a closure due to snow.

At about 7 a.m. Wednesday, the officers closed the 5 Freeway from Parker Road in Castaic to Grapevine Road due to unsafe road conditions, according to officials with the CHP Fort Tejon Area Office.

Later Wednesday morning at about 11:30 a.m., CHP officers began escorting traffic through the Grapevine.

There have been multiple closures this week in the Grapevine, according to CHP officials.

The Grapevine was first closed early Monday morning, then was reopened for a few hours, before being shut down once again due to poor visibility in the mountain pass.

The I-5 through the Grapevine was closed from Monday afternoon until Tuesday morning, staying open for the rest of the day.

It was once again closed Wednesday morning, now for an unknown duration.

Motorists looking to avoid the Grapevine closure have to take Highway 126 west to the 101 Freeway north, according to CHP officials.

Once on US-101, drivers can take Highway 166 in Santa Maria east back onto the 5 Freeway, according to the CHP office.

Highway 58 in the Tehachapi Pass is open as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, allowing drivers to take the State Route 14 detour which was closed on Monday.

CHP officers with concurrence from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) make the decision to close the Grapevine in “Operation Snowflake.”

“Closures on the Grapevine as well as other mountain roads are designed to avoid a worst-case scenario and are based on road conditions as opposed to the experience level of the individual driver,” said CHP officials.

Caltrans maintenance supervisors, along with the CHP, monitor the weather and highway conditions. If inclement weather is forecasted, a snow removal crew is activated to monitor and observe the actual conditions.

Typically, closures last from four to six hours, however, some may last longer than 24 hours, according to the CHP.

This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available.

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55-Hour 210 Freeway Closure In Sylmar To Begin Friday For Replacement Project

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A 55-hour closure of the westbound 210 Freeway in Sylmar is set to begin Friday evening as part of a replacement project. 

The closure is expected to begin at 10 p.m. Friday and end at 5 a.m. Monday, impacting the westbound 210 Freeway between the 5 Freeway and Roxford Street, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

In addition to the freeway, the closure also includes the westbound Polk Street on-ramp, the westbound Roxford Street on-ramp, the westbound Yarnell Street on- and off-ramps, the interchange from the westbound 210 Freeway to the 5 Freeway and the eastbound Paxton Street off-ramp.

Drivers are advised to use the 118 Freeway as an alternate route, Caltrans officials said. 

Residents and local businesses located near the freeway may experience noise, vibrations and dust associated with construction activities, according to Caltrans.

The work on the 210 Freeway is part of a $135.5-million project replacing all lanes of the freeway with new pavement from Wheatland Avenue to the 5 Freeway.

All closures are weather-permitting and subject to change, according to the agency.

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Overnight 5 Freeway Closure Planned In Burbank For Bridge Construction

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An overnight 5 Freeway closure in Burbank lasting four days is planned to start Tuesday for bridge construction.

The project is expected to enhance the I-5 in Burbank and improve traffic circulation by adding carpool lanes, constructing a new interchange at I-5 and Empire Avenue, as well as reconstructing the Burbank Boulevard overcrossing, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

All lanes on the northbound I-5 are set to be closed from Magnolia Boulevard to Burbank Boulevard starting Tuesday, July 6, at 11:59 p.m. to Wednesday, July 7, at 4 a.m., and Wednesday, July 7 at 11:59 p.m. to Thursday, July 8, at 4 a.m.

All lanes on Southbound I-5 will be closed from Empire Avenue to Burbank Blvd from Thursday, July 8, at 11 p.m. to Friday, July 9, at 5 a.m., and Friday, July 9, at 11:30 p.m. to Saturday, July 10, at 6 a.m.

Detours will be posted during these freeway closures. Some on- and off-ramps will be closed each night, starting at 9 p.m. and reopening by 6 a.m. the next morning.

The schedule is weather-permitting and subject to change. Dates, times and locations of the closures listed above are subject to change, according to Caltrans.

Long-term or permanent ramp closures are in effect at some on-ramps and off-ramps at Burbank Boulevard.

Construction is expected to be completed by late 2021, weather permitting. The project cost is $355 million.

For more information on the 5 Freeway improvements, visit here.

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UPDATE: 5 Freeway Reopened After 10-Hour Snow Closure

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Both directions of the 5 Freeway have been reopened through the Grapevine Tuesday morning after a snow closure.

At about 8 p.m. Monday, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers closed the 5 Freeway, northbound at Parker Road in Castaic and southbound at Grapevine Road due to heavy snow, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

The Grapevine was closed for about 10 hours as crews worked to clear the snow and ice from the road. At about 6:25 a.m. Tuesday, the 5 Freeway was reopened, according to Caltrans officials

To avoid a closure, motorists can take Highway 126 west to the 101 Freeway north, according to CHP officials.

Once on US-101, drivers can take Highway 166 in Santa Maria east back onto the 5 Freeway.

There is another alternate route through Highway 14 to State Route 58, however, this route can be impacted by snow, according to the CHP.

About an hour after the Grapevine closure on Monday, Highway 58 was closed in both directions from Towerline Road to Exit 165 due to heavy fog, snow and multiple traffic incidents, according to Caltrans.

CHP officers with concurrence from Caltrans make the decision to close the Grapevine in “Operation Snowflake.”

“Closures on the Grapevine as well as other mountain roads are designed to avoid a worst-case scenario and are based on road conditions as opposed to the experience level of the individual driver,” said CHP officials.

Caltrans maintenance supervisors, along with the CHP, monitor the weather and highway conditions. If inclement weather is forecasted, a snow removal crew is activated to monitor and observe the actual conditions.

Typically, closures last from four to six hours, however, some may last longer than 24 hours, according to the CHP.

Note: This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available.

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