Every weekday afternoon nowadays around 3 p.m. I can hear the downshift of big rigs on the 210 freeway heading north toward Santa Clarita. They are stuck in a traffic jam caused by the massive construction project being done at the 1-5 and 14 transition roads. Cars and trucks struggle to get through the narrow pass, with backup now several miles east on the 210 and south on I-5.
If you live in Sylmar and have experienced the heavy traffic, you know what I’m talking about. You avoid the freeway and surface streets if at all possible. You try to get home by 3 p.m. so you don’t get caught in the frenzy.
A few weeks ago I was disturbed by the noise of thumping that sounded like construction work. At first I surmised it was work being done at the Oakridge Mobile Home Park next door, or maybe it was sound of the I-5/14 construction project drifting loudly our way. But it was 10 o’clock at night and it was too late (or so I thought) for such things.
Boom boom boom, scrape. Boom boom boom, scrape. Then a beeping truck in backup mode sounded from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. or so. Gheez!
What on earth was CalTrans thinking? Nothing looked wrong on the freeway. Even the next day there didn’t seem to be any evidence of work. Then I did see where the pavement was a lighter color. Could it be they really scraped the surface a half inch? For what?
Frankly, I would have much rather seen our tax dollars at work fixing crumbling Glenoaks Boulevard, or better yet, building the sound wall we were promised 20 years ago. But I guess CalTrans money and city/county money don’t mix (like oil and water) when it comes to the needs of us locals.
Here is the link to the CalTrans website page that describes the whole project. They expect to be done with this project by 2012!