- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Commuters heading southbound on Highway 23 and 101 should avoid the interchange this weekend as workers continue construction to widen the freeway.

All lanes of southbound Highway 23 heading to southbound Highway 101 will be closed twice this weekend — from 7 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday and from 7 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday.

From 8 a.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Sunday, just one lane will be open at the interchange from southbound Highway 23 to southbound Highway 101.

Motorists should exit Hillcrest Drive and take Thousand Oaks Boulevard to the Rancho Road on-ramp as a detour.

The work is part of a major freeway widening project headed by Caltrans to ease the bottleneck at the Thousand Oaks interchange. The project is currently on schedule and expected to be complete by March.

“It’s coming. The improvements are coming,” said Mike Tohidian, senior engineer for Thousand Oaks.

Motorists will see the first improvements Aug. 10, when an extra lane will be added to northbound Highway 101 heading to northbound Highway 23.

“This will be a great improvement, especially during afternoon traffic, by allowing more cars to exit onto the 23,” Tohidian said.

As part of the interchange project, Conejo School Road at Highway 101 will be closed on and off Monday through Friday this week and next week.

On the weekend of Aug. 7-10, the northbound on-ramp to Highway 101 at Hampshire Road is expected to close.

For more information about the closures, visit www.toaks.org/10123.

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