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$950,000 to be spent on I-405 improvements in LB, Carson

September 17th, 2010 · No Comments · News

Congresswoman Laura Richardson has announced that $950,000 has been awarded to help fund needed improvements along I-405 in the 37th Congressional District. This funding includes a $712,500 grant for a modification at the I-405 and Wilmington Avenue interchange in Carson and a $237,500 grant for ramp improvements at the I-405 and Cherry Avenue interchange in Long Beach.
“With hundreds of thousands of people using I-405 each day, these projects are necessary to relieve congestion and to improve the safety of this stretch of the interstate,” Richardson said. “I-405 is one of the most important transportation corridors in Southern California, and it is vital that we take the necessary steps to relieve traffic congestion by modernizing and expanding these key sections of the freeway. The improvements will provide improved access and use of the interstate by the people who live here, and it will improve the flow of goods to and from the ports.”
The I-405 and Wilmington Avenue interchange modification in Carson will include the widening of Wilmington Avenue from 223rd Street, south of I-405, to 220th Street north of the interchange, and the construction of a new northbound I-405 on-ramp from Wilmington Avenue. The Cherry Avenue I-405 ramp improvements will reconfigure the collector/distributor road to eliminate the need for aging bridge structures, reconfigure the interchange to provide full directional traffic movements, create the opportunity to install an additional lane in each direction on I-405 in the project area, and possibly eliminate the southbound I-405 Spring Street and the northbound I-405 Orange Avenue on and off ramps.
“These projects are important to keep our roads modern and traffic moving smoothly through the 37th District,” Richardson added. “And, in addition to the benefits of a modernized highways system, this money also creates local jobs for completing the work, which brings money into our local economy.”

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