Grapevine construction: Nearly all lanes shut down for construction (map)

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Several lane closures on the Grapevine pass are expected to create traffic delays on the main highway between Southern and Central California this week.

The state Department of Transportation began repaving Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles Sunday evening by closing all but one northbound and southbound lane at the Kern County line.

Officials said lane closures will go on the rest of the week. No more than three lanes will be opened during the brief afternoon window when construction stops.

These renovations are part of an on-going $100.1 million pavement improvement project between Vista Del Lago Road and the Kern County line, Caltrans announced in a release.

Kelly Markham of Caltrans media relations said motorists should not worry too much about construction.

"There's nothing special about these closures. These are typical construction closures that have been going for months," she said.

Travelers can sidestep the whole mess by taking SR-14 and SR-58, detouring through Lancaster, Tehachapi and Bakersfield.

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With contributions from Andrea Wang

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