Northbound 5 Freeway shut down every night this week in east LA County

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Residents hoping to take a late night drive up the 5 Freeway in east Los Angeles County will be disappointed this week. All northbound lanes will be closed overnight for about a mile stretch between Rosecrans Avenue and Valley View Avenue.

Starting Monday and lasting through Thursday, lanes will be closed from midnight to 4 a.m. On Friday, Sept. 16, the closure will last from midnight to 7 a.m. 

Caltrans crews will be doing soundwall work along the freeway and removing k-rails between Rosecrans and Valley View avenues, agency spokesperson Micole Alfaro told KPCC. 

If you're traveling the 5, you will be directed to exit at Valley View Avenue, turn left on Firestone Boulevard, turn right on Valley View Avenue and left again on Imperial Boulevard to access the northbound 5 onramp. 

A couple lanes on the southbound side of the freeway will also be off-limits to drivers on Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. and 10 p.m.-4 a.m., respectively. 

Alfaro said the work is part of a project that began in late 2011 and cost $380 million. It's also in conjunction with the Carmenita Bridge project, which is nearing its end. 

"The project is essentially complete, so for the next couple of months they're just wrapping up some of these more minor construction items," he said. 
 
The westbound connector to northbound 5 will also be shut down nightly from Monday to Friday, 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Alfaro suggests that drivers heading west on the 91 continue to the northbound 605 connector to transfer to the 5 north. 

Detour signs will posted along the roads, but Caltrans recommends planning to use alternate routes. 

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