Construction project will tie up 110 Freeway in the coming weeks

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Traffic fills the 110 freeway during rush hour, May 7, 2001, in downtown Los Angeles, CA.

Starting Friday night, Caltrans is closing down the first mile of the Arroyo Seco Parkway. That’s the Pasadena Freeway — or used to be before Caltrans gave it back its original name a month ago. No matter the name, there’s a traffic jam coming your way.

Caltrans is closing down the first mile of the oldest freeway in the west. It’s the part that starts at Glenarm Street in Pasadena and goes south to Orange Grove Avenue. Caltrans crews will replace the outside and center median barriers with new concrete reinforcements.

Deborah Harris with CalTrans says she has a detour for you.

“Motorists who would like to enter on the southbound side of the freeway, they can travel from Glenarm Ave to Fair Oaks Blvd. to Columbia then over to Orange Grove and enter the freeway at Orange Grove," Harris advises. "If you’re traveling from the opposite direction and you’d like to go southbound then you can travel from Fair Oaks to Mission over to Orange Grove.”

That first section of the Arroyo Seco Parkway opens back up Monday morning at 5 a.m. But there will be 19 more closures so crews can revamp the median barriers along the Parkway all the way to Interstate 5. That’s about a six mile stretch. Every other weekend, a patch of the parkway will close for 55 hours.

The Arroyo Seco Parkway Improvement Project will cost $17 million. It should be done next spring. Caltrans says check its website so you know when a closure’s coming — and how to get around it when it does.

The website is www.dot.ca.gov/dist07.

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