Major delays occur as renovations begin on the 210 Freeway project

The westbound side has been renovated, causing traffic backups in the Irwindale vicinity on Thursday morning.

Sky5 aerial video showed slow-moving cars moving through the area. Caltrans crews diverted all eastbound and westbound traffic to one side, where three lanes were available for commuters.

Despite the delays, Caltrans spokespersons said that everything was moving as planned, even though they were getting worse.

Thursday will be the first day in a 5-day closure. The westbound lanes will close for a total 126 hours as crews replace hinges at the 50-year-old San Gabriel River Bridge section of the 210 Freeway.

The closure extends from Irwindale Avenue up to the 605 Freeway.

Officials urge drivers to take the freeways 60 and 10 instead. Metrolink or Metro Gold Line can be used by commuters to avoid traffic jams.

Officials at Caltrans warn that those who insist on the 210 Freeway will face delays.

“Add extra time into your commute. At least an hour,”Eric Menjivar, Caltrans spokesperson said.

The project will be completed by 5 a.m., July 26, 2008.

The second phase of the project, which will shut down the eastbound side, is scheduled for Aug. 17-23.

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