Beginning this week, crews will begin mobilizing equipment in preparation for the start of pile driving activity on the east half of the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge. Pile driving will begin in the center median of the I-405 freeway along the east of the bridge. As work progresses, the location of the pile driving will shift from the center of the I-405 freeway to the shoulders, as crews begin preparing the new foundation for the east half of the bridge. Pile driving will take place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. and is anticipated to be ongoing for the next few months.
Please be advised this activity may be loud and disruptive due to vibration and pounding and all schedules are subject to change.
East Half Demolition
Crews successfully demolished the east half of the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge during back-to-back nighttime closures in Sept. 2013. Exactly one year after the west half of the bridge was demolished, the east half of the bridge was taken down and phase two of reconstruction can officially began! Nightly closures of Seal Beach Boulevard as well as the northbound and southbound I-405 will continue nightly, as crews will begin pile driving and they prepare the foundation for the new east half of the bridge. Check out a few snapshots of the east half of the bridge before and after demolition!
Visit www.octa.net/WCCDetourMap for a full list of closures scheduled on the WCC project.
Please be advised, regularly schedule nighttime closures will continue as planned. Visit www.octa.net/WCCDetourMap for a full list of closures scheduled on the WCC project.
Northbound I-405 Freeway Detours
- Exit Valley View Street (left on Garden Grove Boulevard), turn left on Valley View Street; turn right on Westminster Avenue; turn right on Studebaker Road to access the westbound SR-22 / 7th Street on-ramp or continue north to access the northbound I-405 freeway on-ramp, OR
- Exit Valley View Street (left on Garden Grove Boulevard); turn right on Valley View Street; turn left on Katella Avenue to access the northbound I-605 freeway on-ramp
Southbound I-405 Freeway Detours
- Exit Studebaker Road and turn right; turn left on E. 2nd Street (becomes Westminster Boulevard); continue on Westminster Boulevard to access southbound I-405 freeway on-ramp, OR
- Exit Studebaker Road turn right; turn left on E. 2nd Street (becomes Westminster Boulevard); continue on Westminster Boulevard; turn left on Bolsa Chica Road; turn right on Garden Grove Boulevard to access the eastbound SR-22 freeway on-ramp
At 2 p.m., Sunday Sept. 15th, the west half of the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge opened to motorists. In order to restore traffic to two lanes in each direction, crews worked around the clock this weekend to restripe Seal Beach Boulevard and modify signal timing before unveiling the new lane configuration.
Check out a few facts about the new west-half of the bridge!
The Seal Beach Boulevard bridge over the I-405 freeway is being reconstructed one half at a time. Back in late summer 2012, the bridge was reduced to one lane in each direction, with a center median dedicated solely to emergency services vehicle. This configuration remained in place until the west half of the bridge was completed on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.
Now that the new half of the bridge is complete, crews have demolished and are reconstructing the east half of the bridge. The final bridge is anticipated to be complete in mid-2014 and will include four northbound lanes and three southbound lanes.
New Lane Configuration as of Sunday, September 15, 2013
New Pedestrian Detour Map as of Sunday, September 15, 2013
Current Seal Beach Boulevard Alternate Routes
Seal Beach Blvd. Alternate Route
DISCLAIMER: Please be advised these dates and times are subject to change due to unforeseen operational factors or inclement weather.