January 12, 2024 | From a Press Release

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LANCASTER — Following persistent efforts and advocacy by the Lancaster City Council, the California Department of Transportation has agreed to make significant changes to its traffic control plan for the Antelope Valley Freeway lane closures, the City of Lancaster announced Thursday.

This decision comes as a response to the concerns raised by Vice Mayor Marvin Crist and the City Council.

Key changes to the plan, as influenced by the council’s pressure, include:

  • In a significant shift from the original plan, Caltrans will ensure that two lanes remain open north of Avenue I for the duration of the project, easing traffic flow and reducing congestion.
  • Caltrans will adopt a segmented approach to the construction work between Technology Drive and Avenue H. This strategy aims to minimize disruption and maintain smoother traffic flow through this critical stretch.

“This is a win for our community, and we could not have done this without the advocacy of Vice Mayor Crist and our council. Our community relies on the 14 freeway, and they deserve as minimal disruption as possible,” Mayor R. Rex Parris said.

Crist expressed satisfaction with these developments: “Our relentless efforts to advocate for the needs of Lancaster’s residents have paid off. These changes by Caltrans are a testament to what we can achieve when we speak up for our community.”