Highway Weekend Closures Begin: 60 Freeway Shutdown Could be Worse than 'Carmageddon’

July 26, 2019 - 8:09 am

The first-weekend closure begins Friday night July 26 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 will be shut from 10 p.m. Friday for the entire weekend.

Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga tells KNX that the closures will continue on the freeway for 14 more weekends.

Called the "60 Swarm" by officials, a major freeway closure will last through mid-November.

State Route 60 will be undergoing repairs for the next four months or the next 15 total 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.

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.

The 60 eastbound lanes between the 15 and 60/91/215 junction in Riverside will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday to Monday, then the westbound lanes on the 60 freeway will be closed for the next seven weekends until mid-November.

Terri Kasinga of Cal Trans tells KNX 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."

Yes, that's right: for the next 15 weekends, the 60 will be closed in at least one direction.

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.