The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin a paving project on the State Route 60 Freeway (SR 60) on Monday, July 22 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 this fall 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 increase in the gasoline tax).
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 the fall of 2021, weather permitting.
Even though the project, located in Riverside County, does not directly impact Fontana, it is likely to have an indirect impact on Fontana residents because many motorists who normally use SR 60 will instead be using Interstate 10, Interstate 15, and State Route 210, which all cut through Fontana.
----- CALTRANS is alerting motorists that full directional closures will begin on SR 60 on July 26 for a period of 15 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 p.m. to Monday mornings at 5 a.m. from July 26 through Sept. 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 p.m. to Monday mornings at 5 a.m. from Sept. 28 through Nov. 18 (excluding Veterans 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 State Route 91 to avoid the closure and reach their destination, Caltrans said.
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.
The contractor will begin nighttime work with lane closures throughout the project limits on July 22, which will continue throughout the length of the project. Lane closures will take place from 10 p.m. to 5 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 will be revealed soon.
To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire, visit Caltrans District 8 and sign up for commuter alerts. Persons can also follow Caltrans for the latest information on Facebook and Twitter. To assist in planning a 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, contact Kimberly Cherry at (909) 383-6290 or TTY 711 by Oct. 31.