San Fernando Valley—The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) may close the connectors and ramps listed below as part of a $140 million improvement project to construct High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV or carpool) lanes and a direct HOV lane connector at the I-5/SR-170 interchange. Closures are subject to change. Detours will be signed.

The following northbound I-5 on- and off-ramps will be closed through January 2012: Sheldon St., Osborne St., Van Nuys Blvd. (off-ramp only).

The southbound I-5 Van Nuys Boulevard on-ramp will be closed through January 2012.

About the Project

Caltrans is constructing an HOV lane in each direction on I-5 between the Hollywood Freeway (SR-170) and SR-118, a distance of 6.8 miles (3.4 miles in each direction). The project is also widening four undercrossings, replacing sections of pavement, and building a direct HOV connector at the I-5/SR-170 interchange. A direct HOV connector allows for freeway-to-freeway transfers without exiting the carpool lane.

This project will alleviate congestion, encourage carpooling, improve air quality, and provide a smoother ride for motorists. The work is part of Caltrans’ effort to provide motorists with a seamless carpool lane network in California.

Work began in August 2010 and is on track for completion in late 2013. Caltrans thanks motorists for their patience and understanding during construction.

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Click here to view the recap of the meeting. (Note: this letter was a submission from community stakeholder, Elizabeth Marx. This letter does not express the views or recommendations of the ZALUC committee or the Board of Governors. Also, this letter is not the minutes from the meeting.)

A couple items of note to Mission Hills stakeholders:

  • The Mission Hills Plaza (NW corner of Sepulveda/Devonshire) is due to be finished with its redevelopment in 2013.
  • Ralphs and some other stores in the shopping center will be replaced.  A few companies have shown interest.  In terms of zoning laws, the developer can put whatever businesses in there that they want.
  • The developer would like a list of stores that Mission Hills stakeholders would like to see as replacements (For example Trader Joe’s was one of the suggestions at the meeting).  Please send suggestions to the Mission Hills Neighborhood Council.  You can also add comments below with your suggestions.

Note: Not all stores are planned for replacement.  For a full recap, please read the link above.

Last month, the Mission Hills Neighborhood Council sent a letter to our City Councilman, Richard Alarcón, asking for his assistance in preventing an 8-1/2 foot wall in a residential area of Mission Hills.

To read a copy of the original letter to the Councilman, click here.

We recently received a reply from Councilman Alarcón and wanted to share it with our stakeholders.

To read the reply, click here. It is a 14-page PDF file (2.5 Mb), so it may take a minute or two to download, depending on your internet connection.