The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Stockton were shifted to the southbound side of the highway on Tuesday to make way for construction.
The left two lanes of the road are diverted to the southbound side between Pershing Avenue and Country Club Boulevard for the next six months. Drivers looking to exit at Monte Diablo Avenue, Pershing Avenue or Country Club Boulevard need to stay to the right, which splits from the left lanes.
The northbound lanes are closed for resurfacing, meaning the road workers will remove the existing surface and replace it. The project is part of Caltrans’ I-5 Rehabilitation Project. A similar shift was made for the southbound lanes six months ago, according to Caltrans District 10 spokesman Greg Lawson.
The project will also include the addition of a carpool lane – the first carpool lane in the Stockton area, Lawson said. The I-5 Rehabilitation Project, between Country Club Boulevard and Charter Way, is being completed in conjunction with the North Stockton Improvement Project, between Country Club Boulevard and Hammer Lane.
The I-5 Rehabilitation Project began two years ago and is expected to be completed in January 2016.
Lawson said Caltrans is urging commuters to give themselves extra time to navigate the lane shift and to remember to stay right if they need to exit.
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