When part of the 405 Freeway in the Los Angeles area was totally shut down in 2011 for bridge re-construction, motorists and television news crews dubbed the event “Carmageddon.”
The Inland Empire, including the Chino Valley, is about to experience its own “Carmageddon.”
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin a major project on the 60 Freeway beginning Monday, July 22 to repair deteriorated pavement slabs from Euclid Avenue in Ontario to the 60/91/215 freeways junction in Riverside.
Caltrans will also begin a project this fall on the 60 Freeway to replace bridge structures on Pipeline, Monte Vista and Benson avenues in Chino.
The combination of these two projects and two other local interchange projects has been dubbed the “60 Swarm” by Caltrans.
The $134 million pavement project includes $16.9 million in funding from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
The project was awarded to J. McLoughlin Engineering Company of Rancho Cucamonga and will replace pavement slabs along the 60 Freeway, upgrade Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access points and repave the on and off ramps within the project limits.
The project is expected to be completed by fall 2021, weather permitting.
Caltrans is alerting motorists that full closures will begin on the 60 Freeway on July 26 for a period of 14 weekends. Seven weekend closures will occur on the eastbound freeway, followed by another seven weekend closures on the westbound 60 Freeway between Interstate 15 (I-15) and the junction of the 60/91/215 freeways.
Full closure of the eastbound 60 Freeway, including all eastbound on and off ramps, between Interstate 15 and the 60/91/215 junction in Riverside for seven weekends from Friday nights at 10 p.m. to Monday mornings at 5 a.m. from July 26 through Sept. 9. There will be no eastbound access during this closure. Motorists may use the westbound 60 Freeway to access local on and off ramps.
Full closure of the westbound 60 Freeway, including all westbound on and off ramps, between the 60/91/215 junction in Riverside to I-15 for seven weekends from Friday nights at 10 p.m. to Monday mornings at 5 a.m. from Sept. 20 through Oct. 28. There will be no access during this closure. Motorists may use eastbound 60 Freeway to access local on and off ramps.
Detour signs will be in place in advance. Information will also be posted on the Caltrans overhead message signs along the freeways.
Motorists are advised to use alternate freeways such as the I-10, I-15, the 210 Freeway and the 91 Freeway to avoid the closures and reach their destination.
Access to local areas and businesses is available by accessing on and off ramps from the opposite direction of the closure.
Additional information will be released in the future.
Concurrently, additional nighttime lane closures and traffic reconfiguration will occur on the 60 Freeway west of Interstate 15 for the duration of the project.
Five lanes will be available in each direction on the 60 Freeway during daytime work west of Interstate 15.
The speed limit will be lowered to 55 miles per hour within the project limits.
Information will soon be announced by Caltrans regarding the bridge replacement project over the 60 Freeway in Chino.
Information: caltrans8.info or follow Caltrans on its Facebook and Twitter accounts. Motorists are also encouraged to view live traffic conditions using Caltrans’ QuickMap at quickmap.dot.ca.gov. Planned lane closures can also be found at https://lcswebreports.dot.ca.gov/searchdistricts?district=8.