Click for Detours in 1st Weekend Closures of Westbound Lanes of 60 Freeway

Ameera Butt
September 27, 2019 - 12:23 pm

Caltrans

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This is the first-weekend closure of the westbound lanes of the 60 freeway, which will begin Friday night.

The 60 westbound lanes will be closed from the 60/91/215 interchange in Riverside to the I-15 from Friday at 10:00 p.m. to Monday at 5:00 a.m. for the next seven weekends until mid-November.

Called the "60 Swarm" by officials, a major freeway closure will last through mid-November. State Route 60 will be undergoing repairs. 

The 60 Swarm project work will include multiple, full directional freeway lane and ramp closures from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, starting Monday through mid-November 2019.

All lanes and ramps are closed during the directional closure. Eastbound 60 freeway lanes and ramps will be open.

Please use alternate routes.

Detour Information:

Motorists can follow the detour using SR-91 and I-10 around the 60 Swarm as alternate routes to avoid delays.

The first-weekend closure began in late July in the major '60 swarm' project to re-pave a key stretch of the freeway between Riverside and Ontario.

All eastbound lanes of the 60 freeway were shut from 10 p.m. Friday for the entire weekend.

In July, Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga told KNX that the closures will continue on the freeway for more weekends.

The state Department of Transportation said the 60 Swarm projects include the SR-60 Bridge Replacement Project and a separate SR-60 Pavement Rehabilitation project, according to a Caltrans press release.

Terri Kasinga of Caltrans told  KNX earlier in the summer it will cause much more disruption than the notorious L-A Carmageddon on the 405 eight years ago:

"We are just asking people if they don't need to go anywhere near the 60 on the next 15 weekends between the 15/60/91/215 to please avoid the area," she said. "We realize that it is going to be impactful to motorists, the communities, the businesses."

Kasinga tells us that drivers will eventually find all the disruption worth it with $135 million dollars of work scheduled to improve a roadway that's one of the most heavily traveled truck routes in Southern California.

Kasinga tells us that she thinks the traffic disruption in the Inland Empire will be far worse than Carmageddon in LA. She says that was only one weekend. 

For more information call the "60 Swarm" Hotline @ 1-833-60Swarm or 1-833-607-9276.