5 Freeway lanes nonetheless closed close to Castaic resulting from Route fireplace

Two lanes of the northbound 5 Freeway close to Castaic will stay closed by way of Tuesday as Caltrans engineers assess harm to retaining partitions attributable to the Route fireplace.

The 2 open lanes of the freeway prolong for about three miles north of the State Route 126 juncture close to Parker Street as much as about Vista Del Lago Street, officers stated. All southbound lanes are open.

The Route fireplace, which was first reported Wednesday, has burned greater than 5,200 acres, in accordance with the Los Angeles County Hearth Division. It was 87% contained as of late Saturday evening.

Caltrans is advising drivers to take the 101 Freeway or State Route 14 instead on this heavily-travelled Labor Day weekend.

Picket lagging utilized in metal obstacles for the freeway’s retaining wall have been burned by the fireplace, in accordance with Caltrans spokesperson Lauren Marvel. Components of the wall have been nonetheless smoking Saturday.

Marvel stated the metal “appears OK,” however she stated compacted dust instantly under and behind the barrier was destabilized and starting to slough off the banks.

Marvel stated engineers have been scheduled to reach Monday to look at the harm and check the structural soundness of the wall.

“We wish to put truck visitors on the freeway and we don’t desire a situation the place the nook of the highway may slip off,” Marvel stated.

Marvel stated the timeline of the closure would rely upon the extent of the harm. She stated the long-term forecast for a full freeway opening was “to be decided.”

Caltrans may also change broken and destroyed guard rails and signposts, and clear dust that seeped into close by storage drains. Emergency contractors have closed parts of the freeway because the fireplace started Wednesday.

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