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Caltrans and CHP Warn That Mudslide on Southbound I-5 at Templin Highway Closes Three Lanes; Repair Work to Begin -- Use Alternate Routes.



LOS ANGELES Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  -- The California Department of Transportation The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is a government agency in the U.S. state of California. Its mission is to improve mobility across the state. It manages the state highway system and is actively involved with public transportation systems in California.  (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol highway patrol
n.
A state law enforcement organization whose police officers patrol the public highways.
 (CHP CHP Chapter
CHP Combined Heat and Power
CHP California Highway Patrol
CHP Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi (Turkish: Republican People's Party)
CHP Chemical Hygiene Plan (OSHA)
CHP Community Health Plan
) announce that a mudslide on the southbound Golden State Freeway The Golden State Freeway is a north-south freeway running through Kern County and Los Angeles County, California. Originally built as U.S. Highway 99, it was re-signed as Interstate 5 in 1964.  (I-5) approximately five miles north of Castaic along the southern portion of the Grapevine continues to necessitate the closure of three lanes of southbound I-5 at Templin Highway Templin Highway is a two-lane road from Interstate 5 and the old Golden State Highway east to the north end of the Castaic Reservoir in Los Angeles County, California, United States. . One southbound lane and four northbound lanes remain open to motorists at this time. However, one lane of northbound I-5 will be closed this evening to facilitate roadway repairs. Commuters and truck drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes from northern/central California to southern California.

Caltrans and their contractors, state geologists and the CHP are working around the clock on I-5 to dewater de·wa·ter  
tr.v. de·wa·tered, de·wa·ter·ing, de·wa·ters
To remove water from (a waste product or streambed, for example).
 and stabilize the hillside and remove the mud and debris, while maintaining the highest degree of public safety.

In addition, I-5 will be re-striped in order to provide two southbound lanes and three northbound lanes while the slope stabilization and cleanup work is accomplished. It is estimated that the cleanup and slope stabilization project will last at least three to six months.

U.S. 101 at La Conchita in Ventura is anticipated to re-open to motorists this weekend, which will take traffic off of I-5, which has been heavily utilized since the closure of U.S. 101. The exact time of the opening of U.S. 101 is undetermined, but work is continuing around the clock to open it as soon as possible. Motorists can obtain the latest California freeway and highway closure information by calling the California Highway Information Network at 800-427-7623. By entering the State route number, the latest updated information can be readily obtained.

The speed limit will be reduced to 45 miles per hour in the construction zone for the safety of the motoring public. Motorists are also reminded that traffic fines are doubled in freeway work zones.

Closures are weather-permitting and subject to change. Signs and detours will be posted to assist motorists. Additional press release updates will be provided as work progresses. Caltrans and the CHP thank the motoring public for their patience and cooperation during this and other freeway cleanup and improvement projects. STAY ALERT, BUCKLE UP, REDUCE SPEEDS, AND PLEASE SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE.
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