Another closure of 210 Freeway in San Gabriel Valley starts Wednesday night

Caltrans say the reason for the closure is to repair two bridge hinges on the San Gabriel River Bridge.

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Thursday, August 18, 2022
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The eastbound 210 Freeway will be closed between the 605 Freeway and Irwindale Avenue starting Wednesday at 10 p.m., continuing for five days.

IRWINDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- Traffic trouble is coming again to the 210 Freeway in the Irwindale area as the second phase of a construction project starts Wednesday night.

Beginning at 10 p.m. Wednesday, the eastbound freeway will be closed between the 605 Freeway and Irwindale Avenue, continuing for five days, through 5 a.m. Aug. 23. Last month, there were five days of lane restrictions while crews worked on the westbound lanes.

During the closure, all eastbound traffic will be diverted onto the westbound freeway, which will be reconfigured to allow three lanes of traffic in each direction.

"It will be on the San Gabriel River Bridge in Irwindale, so if your commute is through the San Gabriel Valley on the I-210, we strongly suggest to use I-10 or State Route 60," said Eric Menjivar, a Caltrans public information officer.

According to Caltrans, the reason for this closure is to repair two bridge hinges on the San Gabriel River Bridge.

"It's where the bridge provides flexibility in case of seismic activity or an earthquake," Menjivar said.

This is a result of a routine inspection on the more than 50-year-old bridge.

In July, Caltrans crews completed phase one of the bridge hinge repairs, impacting westbound lanes.

Crews will spend about 126 hours on this second phase heading eastbound.

To avoid traffic: plan ahead, take alternate routes, use public transportation or just stay home.

"If you can work from home and you have that opportunity, take advantage of it," Menjivar said. "Just avoid the area and avoid yourself a headache."

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City News Service contributed to this report.