ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2011)—The city of Arcadia has announced that Huntington Drive will be restricted to just one lane of traffic at the intersection of Second Ave, effective immediately, through the month of April.

The initial one lane restriction is to east-bound traffic, and will be followed in approximately seven weeks by a one lane restriction to west-bound traffic.

These lane closures have been necessitated due to a Los Angeles County seismic retrofit project on the railroad bridge that traverses the intersection of Second Ave. and Huntington Dr.

This project must be completed before Gold Line Railway construction can begin in mid 2011.

“The project will take approximately 14 weeks to complete,” said Phil Wray, Arcadia City Engineer. “They will be working on the (bridge) supports and will have to close the outside lanes on Huntington Dr., under the bridge, in order to work on the areas that need to be addressed.”

Although the lane closures are expected to be in effect well into the month of April, Wray noted that traffic would be restricted in just one direction at a time.

“The first seven weeks, we’ll be restricting eastbound traffic. After that work is completed, we’ll be restricting westbound traffic for another seven weeks,” said Wray.

Santa Anita Park patrons are encouraged to avoid heading eastbound on Huntington Dr. following the races. For those parking on the east end of the grandstand, they are encouraged to exit Gate 5 east, and then turn left (north) at Santa Clara Ave., which provides a variety of options in getting to either the 210 Freeway, or to surface streets that will enable them to proceed east and avoid the delays caused by the lane closure at Second Ave.