Both sides of the 710 Freeway in East Los Angeles will be fully closed this Halloween weekend for the second phase of emergency road work, the California Transportation Authority announced.
Crews will be repairing damaged pavement on the freeway bridge above Olympic Boulevard with a fast-drying concrete, Patrick Chandler with Caltrans told KPCC. Vibrations from freeway traffic will prevent the concrete from setting properly, so both sides of the freeway must be closed, according to a statement released by the department.
The full closure on the southbound side of the freeway will begin Friday at 11 p.m. from the 60 south connector to the Olympic Boulevard off-ramp. After 3 a.m., only two lanes near Olympic Boulevard will be closed until just before midnight Saturday. After midnight, the closure will go back to a full closure until 10 a.m. on Sunday.
The northbound side, however, will not have any open lanes on Sunday between midnight and 6 a.m.
Additionally, on from 8 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Monday, the east and westbound connectors to the northbound 710 and the Valley Boulevard on-ramp to the 710 south will be shut down as well.
Motorists are advised to avoid what Caltrans is calling the #EastLAJam area if possible and plan alternate routes.
This emergency construction is expected to be completed this weekend, Chandler said — if the weather permits. The work is being done as a larger ongoing project on the 710, which is set to be finished in December.