Given the boost in highway construction across Los Angeles County afforded through Measure R, there has been little news from the ongoing widening of Interstate 5 between the 605 Freeway and the Orange County line. 220,000 drivers drive through this 6-lane stretch, which has changed little since the freeway opened in the 1950s. The project, however, enters a new phase with multiple ramp closures starting this week. The project will widen the I-5 through the Gateway Cities to a total of 10 lanes, including 2 HOV lanes. When completed in 2018, the revamped facility will keep the freeway on par with the Orange County section that was significantly widened years ago. A consortium of cities fought for the project and is now aiding residents who have been affected by construction. Transit Coalition Executive Director Bart Reed, however, opines that the $1.6 billion spent on the widening would be better used for transit and that, in any case, the finished product will move the bottleneck further away. Those who want to learn more and receive updates can visit the official website.