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Northbound 710 Freeway lanes in East L.A. closed for eight more weekends

Container trucks en route to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles pass through the city of Compton on the 710 Freeway.
(Los Angeles Times)

It doesn’t have a catchy name or a music video, but a plan to close the 710 Freeway in East Los Angeles over eight weekends is sure to cause headaches for drivers all the same.

The northbound lanes of the 710 from the 5 Freeway to Highway 60 will be shut down from 10 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Monday as crews work on a pavement replacement project, according to Caltrans.

The work began last weekend, and similar closures will be repeated over the next two months, except for the weekends of Oct. 7-10, Oct. 28-31, Nov. 11-14 and Nov. 25-28. The last weekend closure will occur Dec. 16-19, according to Caltrans.

Lauren Wonder, spokeswoman for Caltrans District 7, said the work last weekend went smoothly, and crews used the full 54 hours.

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Her advice for drivers: “Be zen on the 710.”

Wonder said drivers should avoid the closed area and instead use the 110 or 605 freeways. The local street detour for motorists headed to East Los Angeles will follow Olympic Boulevard and Eastern Avenue, she said.

The connector between the northbound 710 and northbound 5 freeways will remain open.

Each weekend, crews will be installing up to 90 concrete panels, ranging in size from 14 to 47 feet wide, according to Caltrans.

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The work is part of a $120-million pavement replacement project on the 710. Crews also will upgrade the median barrier and construct maintenance pullouts along the route to enhance safety for maintenance crews.

The work is expected to be completed by next year.

ben.poston@latimes.com

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