Interstate 5 is California, Oregon, and Washington's major traffic artery. It flows from Mexico to Canada, carrying not only passenger vehicles, but the big trucks that keep our economy humming along. Highway 58 connects California's Central Valley to the eastern side of the state. It's one of the larger highways that passes through the Sierra Nevada. Even a short closure of either I-5 or Highway 58 could cause an economic headache.
To the surprise of most southern Californians, heavy equipment was rushed to I-5 and by late Friday afternoon, traffic was once again inching over the Grapevine, the portion of I-5 that drops into Kern County. Highway 58 is closed indefinitely. CAL-Trans and the CHP say it might be a week or more before that area is open for traffic.
I will never again complain about CAL-Trans. Those guys and gals must have worked their tails off through the night and early morning to open I-5, no easy task. On Friday afternoon, texts and Facebook messages started flying, celebrating I-5s opening.