Caltrans is preparing for 55-hour closures of the 60 Freeway between Jurupa Valley and Riverside early next year as part of a large pavement repair project.
The full shutdown between Valley Way and the 60/91/215 interchange would be similar to the full weekend closures of the 91 Freeway in Corona in February 2016 that was dubbed “Coronageddon.”
It’s part of a larger pavement project on the 60 from Euclid Avenue in Ontario to the 60/91/215 interchange that is slated to begin in January, officials said.
The dates of the closures, how many weekends and other details such as whether both directions would be affected have not yet been determined, Caltrans spokeswoman Joy Schneider said.
The agency will do so after a contractor for the project has been hired, she said.
That route — one of the main entry points to Riverside and Moreno Valley— is among the busiest in the Inland area, used by commuters going west to Los Angeles.
Schneider said Caltrans will coordinate with the affected cities in advance of the shutdown and will mount a public relations effort through radio, social media and press releases to inform the public in advance as it has done with similar closures.
Riverside city spokesman Phil Pitchford said city officials were not aware of the upcoming closure and will want to discuss its impacts with the agency.
“Highway 60 is a major transportation artery into Riverside, so we would welcome an opportunity to talk with Caltrans about the project so we can ensure there is no impact on the Festival of Lights and that we minimize any impact on commuters and people living near that route,” he…
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