Weekend Traffic: Labor Day weekend DUI checkpoints and freeway closures

Bay Area Sets Up DUI Checkpoints For Holiday Season

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File: San Bruno police officers stop cars at a DUI checkpoint on Nov. 27, 2006 in San Bruno, California. Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties will set up DUI checkpoints in their areas this Labor Day weekend. Read on to learn more.

Labor Day DUI checkpoints

Police agencies throughout the Southland will be conducting numerous DUI checkpoints and patrols throughout this long Labor Day weekend. The increased police force is intended to curb instances of drunken driving. We have a list of checkpoints in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties for you to check out. 

5 Freeway reduced to 3 lanes

Is Labor Day weekend taking you to or from Los Angeles? Be mindful that the northbound I-5 in northern L.A. County will be reduced to three lanes starting 5 a.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The closure begins two miles south of Vista Del Lago Road and stretches to an area two miles south of Smokey Bear Road.

The good news: all four southbound I-5 lanes will be open during the holiday weekend. The Frazier Mountain Park Road on-ramp, which has been closed, will also be open. The bad news: Caltrans says you should expect delays and traffic congestion, particularly on Friday between 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday from noon to 5 p.m.

120 Freeway closed near Yosemite due to wild fire

If you're planning on a Yosemite trip, keep in mind that, though the park is mostly open, portions of the 120 Freeway and surrounding roads in central California are closed due to the blazing Rim Fire. According to Caltrans and Yosemite National Park officials, the following routes and roads are closed:

  • State Route 120 remains closed to all inbound and outbound traffic from Yosemite National Park to Crane Flat Campground.
  • State Route 120 is closed 3.2 miles east of Groveland to 6 miles west of the Yosemite National Park Boundary.
  • State Route 120 from Pine Mountain Drive to Ferretti Road is closed.
  • Smith Station at Highway 120. 
  • Cherry Lake at Highway 120. 
  • State Route 120 from Ferretti Road (near Smith Station) to Buck Meadows is open only for local residents and business only — but is closed to the traveling public.
  •  Cherry Lake at Highway 120, Evergreen Road and Old Yosemite Road are closed. 
  • Ferretti and Evergreen roads are closed.

Additionally, a portion of the Tioga Road, from Crane Flat to White Wolf, is temporarily closed to all traffic.  Caltrans says they anticipate the closure to last at least through Labor Day weekend. 


Fires and tipsy drivers aren't the only threats to your weekend travels, though. Here's a look at this weekend's closures, detours and construction updates. Safe travels!

I-5
  • Ramp Closure at Alondra Boulevard: Northbound 5 on-ramp closed at Alondra Blvd. for bridge demolition. Read More
  • Ramp Closure at EB/WB Tuxford Street: On-ramp closed at EB/WB Tuxford Street on southbound I-5 for shoulder reconstruction until the end of the year. Read More
  • Ramp Closure at Pioneer Boulevard: The southbound I-5 off-ramp at Pioneer Boulevard/Imperial Highway will be permanently closed through April 2014. Read More
I-710
  • Ramp Closure at Olympic Boulevard: On-ramp closed at 710 SB at Olympic Blvd. for long-term bridge construction until 2014. Read More
US-101
  • Ramp Closure at Santa Monica Boulevard: Caltrans will close northbound US 101 off-ramp at Santa Monica Boulevard Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Read More
SR-2
  • Construction Update: The eastbound 2 connector to the northbound 5 freeway is closed due to damages sustained by a fiery tanker crash July 13. Construction is scheduled to start in October and if all goes according to plan, finish by Christmas. Read More
  • Freeway Closure: Caltrans will close Santa Monica Boulevard (SR-2) between Van Ness Avenue and Vermont Avenue on Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Read More
SR-39
  • Lane Closure: Lane closures at Crystal Lake Road on Northbound/Southbound 39 for permanent road closure of highway. Read More
SR-47
  • Lane Closure: Lane closure at New Dock Street to Henry Ford Blvd. on 47 north and south for bridge work until 2014. Read More
  • Ramp Closure at New Dock Street: On-ramp closed at EB/WB New Dock Street on Northbound 47 for bridge demolition until 2014. Read More
SR-57
  • Ramp Closure at Imperial Highway: The Imperial Highway on- and off-ramp to and from the 57 north will be completely closed nightly from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. until Friday. Read More
  • Ramp Closure at Yorba Linda Boulevard: Full Closure on Northbound SR-57 On-Ramp from Westbound Yorba Linda Boulevard Nightly, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday 8/26 to Friday 8/30 Read More
SR-90 (Imperial Highway)
  • Freeway Closure: Caltrans will partially close Imperial Highway near the undercrossing at the 5 freeway in Norwalk on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Read More
Road Closures
  • Alondra Boulevard and Freeway Drive Intersection: The Alondra Blvd. and Freeway Drive intersection will be closed until Feb. 14, 2014. Alondra Boulevard Bridge will also be closed until mid/late 2014. Read More
  • Corner of Paddison and Zeus avenues: Adoree Street, from Kalnor Avenue and the corner of Paddison and Zeus avenues will be fully closed through late February 2014. The corner of Paddison and Zeus avenues will also be fully closed. Read More
  • South Victoria Avenue: Beginning Monday, South Victoria Avenue will be closed from 67th Street to Burlington Northern Railroad Tracks 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for sanitary sewer relocation. Read More
  • Pacific Coast Highway: Caltrans will close one lane of northbound Pacific Coast Highway for pavement maintenance at Heathercliff Road on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Metro and Metrolink Alerts
  • Expo Line - Venice Blvd.: From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sundays, expect reduced lanes along Venice Blvd. and Robertson Blvd. until January 2014. Read More
  • Sawtelle Boulevard: Sawtelle Boulevard between Exposition and Pico boulevards in West L-A will be closed for 10 consecutive nights beginning Wednesday as part of construction work on Phase 2 of the Expo light rail line. The small stretch of road will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night. During the closures, northbound traffic on Sawtelle will be detoured at Exposition. Southbound traffic will be detoured at Pico. Read More
  • Los Angeles Bus Service: On Sunday, Metro will keep its trains, Orange and Silver Line buses running until 2 a.m. On Labor Day, all buses and trains will run on the weekend schedule. Read More
  • Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus: Due to Expo Line Phase II construction, Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus will temporarily close the a number of Route 5 and Route 12 stops until further notice. Read More
Bike Route Alerts
  • Coyote Creek Bike Path: Coyote Creek Bike Paths will be closed from Alondra Blvd. to Artesia Blvd. until May 2015. Read More

DUI CheckpointS
  • City of Seal Beach: Police will set up a checkpoint in this area Thursday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • 77th Street Area: Los Angeles police will set up a checkpoint in this area Friday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Inglewood: Police will set up a checkpoint in this city on Friday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Malibu: Los Angeles Sheriff's Department will set up a checkpoint in this area on Friday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Norwalk: Los Angeles Sheriff's Department will set up a checkpoint in this area on Friday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Pasadena: Police will set up a checkpoint in this city on Friday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Redondo Beach: Police will set up a checkpoint in this city on Friday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Vernon: Police will set up a checkpoint in this city on Friday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • West Valley Area: Los Angeles police will set up a checkpoint in this area on Friday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • City of Moreno Valley: The Moreno Valley Police Department Traffic Division will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Read More
  • City of Menifee: The Menifee Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday in the city of Menifee at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. Read More
  • City of Anaheim: Police will set up a checkpoint in this area on Friday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Altadena: California Highway Patrol will set up a DUI checkpoint in this area Saturday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Antelope Valley: California Highway Patrol will set up a DUI checkpoint in this area Saturday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Devonshire: Los Angeles police will set up a DUI checkpoint in this area Saturday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • El Monte: Police will set up a checkpoint in this city on Saturday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Long Beach: Police will set up a checkpoint in this city on Saturday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Northeast Area: Police will set up a checkpoint in this city on Saturday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Rampart Area: Police will set up a checkpoint in this city on Saturday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • San Gabriel: Police will set up a checkpoint in this city on Saturday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • South LA: California Highway Patrol will set up a checkpoint in this city on Saturday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Torrance: Police will set up a checkpoint in this city on Saturday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • West Valley: California Highway Patrol will set up a checkpoint in this city on Saturday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • City of Temecula: The Temecula Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint on Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Read More
  • City of San Jacinto: San Jacinto Police will be conducting a DUI/Driver's license checkpoint on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location in the city. Read More
  • East Los Angeles: California Highway Patrol will set up a checkpoint in this city on Friday and Saturday at undisclosed times. Read More
  • Santa Fe Springs: California Highway Patrol will set up a checkpoint in this city on Friday and Saturday at undisclosed times. Read More
  • West Los Angeles: California Highway Patrol will set up a checkpoint in this area Saturday and Sunday at undisclosed times. Read More
  • Additional checkpoints will be conducted by the cities of Westminster, Laguna Beach and Irvine. The dates are yet to be determined. Read More
DUI Patrol
  • 100 East - Arcadia, West Covina, Baldwin Park School Police, El Monte, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, Glendora, Azusa, Irwindale, Covina, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and CHP: Police will be patrolling these areas Friday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • San Gabriel: San Gabriel Valley police will be patrolling the city on Friday at an undisclosed place and time. Read More
  • Cities of Orange, Seal Beach and Placentia: Police will be patrolling these cities Friday at undisclosed times. Read More
  • 77th Street Area: Los Angeles Sheriff's Department will be patrolling this area on Saturday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Santa Fe Springs: California Highway Patrol will be in this area Saturday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Southeast Area: Los Angeles police will be patrolling this area Sunday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • City of Anaheim: Police will be patrolling this area Sunday at an undisclosed time. Read More
  • Whittier: Police will be patrolling this area Friday and Saturday at undisclosed times. Read More
  • Pomona: Police will be patrolling this area Friday, Saturday and Sunday at undisclosed times. Read More
  • 100 West - El Camino College Police, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Redondo Beach, Torrance: Police will be patrolling these areas Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at undisclosed times. Read More
  • Additional saturation patrols will be conducted by the Cal State Fullerton Police Department and the cities of Buena Park and Laguna Beach. The dates are yet to be determined. Read More

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