60 Freeway Shut Down for 15 Weekends

Staff Reports

As part of the “60 Swarm”, Caltrans will be closing down the 60 freeway for 15 weekends starting tonight, July 26. The closure will take place each weekend from Friday nights at 10 p.m. to Monday mornings at 5 a.m. 

The eastbound SR 60 will be closed for the next eight weekends, including on and off ramps, between the I-15 and the 60/91/215 Junction in Riverside.  This closure will take place starting tonight and ending September 23 (excluding Labor Day).  Then, the westbound SR 60 will be closed for seven weekends, including on and off ramps, from September 28 through November 18 (excluding Veteran’s Day), between the 60/91/215 Junction in Riverside to I-15.   

Travelers are encouraged to take the detours such as the I-15 north freeway to the I-10 freeway or the I-15 south freeway to the SR-91 freeway.  For more information, call the “60 Swarm” Hotline at 1-833-60SWARM or 1-833-607-9276.

In addition, the State of California Department of Transportation issued the following news release:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) began a paving project on State Route 60 (SR 60) on Monday, July 22, 2019 to repair deteriorated pavement slabs from Euclid Avenue in Ontario to the 60/91/215 Junction in Riverside. Caltrans will also begin a bridge project in fall 2019 on SR 60 to replace Pipeline Avenue, Monte Vista Avenue and Benson Avenue bridge structures. The combination of these two projects and two other local interchange projects has been dubbed the “60 Swarm”.

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 SR 60, upgrade ADA access points and repave the on and off ramps within the project limits. The project is expected to be complete in fall 2021, weather permitting.

Caltrans is alerting motorists that full directional closures will begin on SR 60 on July 26, 2019 for a period of fifteen weekends. Eight weekend closures will occur on eastbound SR 60 followed by another seven weekends of closures on westbound SR 60 between Interstate 15 (I-15) and the Junction of 60/91/215. The weekend closures will occur Friday nights through Monday mornings. The closure details are as follows:

• Full closure of eastbound SR 60, including all eastbound on and off ramps, between I-15 and the 60/91/215 Junction in Riverside for eight weekends from Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. to Monday mornings at 5:00 a.m. from July 26 through September 23 (excluding Labor Day weekend). There will be no eastbound access during this closure. Motorists may use the westbound SR 60 to access local on and off ramps.

• Full closure of westbound SR 60, 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 10:00 p.m. to Monday mornings at 5:00 a.m. from September 28 through November 18 (excluding Veteran’s Day). There will be no westbound access during this closure. Motorists may use the eastbound SR 60 to access local on and off ramps.

Detour signage will be in place in advance including information posted on the Caltrans overhead changeable message signs (CMS) along freeways. Motorists are advised to use alternate freeways such as I-10, I-15, SR-210 and SR-91 to avoid the closure and reach your 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 along with a press conference on July 23, 2019.

The contractor will begin nighttime work with lane closures throughout the project limits on Monday, July 22, which will continue throughout the length of the project. Lane closures will take place from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. A traffic reconfiguration will occur on SR-60 west of I-15 for the duration of the project. Five lanes will be available in each direction on SR-60 during daytime work west of I-15. The speed limit will be lowered to 55 miles per hour within the project limits. Information for the bridge replacement project on SR-60 is forthcoming.

Know before you go! To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire, go to Caltrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts. Follow us for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning your commute, view live traffic conditions using QuickMap and planned lane closures.  

For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e. Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Kimberly Cherry at 909-383-6290 or TTY 711 by October 31, 2019.

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