Eastbound 60 Freeway Remains Closed Through Weekend
Half of the 60 Freeway between Riverside and Ontario will remain shut down today and until Monday morning to facilitate resurfacing projects -- with no major events expected to add to traffic hassles this weekend.
``Everything is on schedule and going smoothly,'' agency spokeswoman Kim Cherry told City News Service. ``We're hoping to make this another weekend where we lift the closure a little bit early.''
Cherry said that, last weekend, crews completed their assigned work by 2 a.m. Monday, and most eastbound lanes were opened to traffic. There were concerns about the impact of the ``Hard Summer Music Festival'' last Saturday and Sunday at the Fontana Speedway, with tens of thousands of spectators expected to worsen traffic jams on detour routes.
``There were some additional backups, but it wasn't ridiculous,'' Cherry said.
No big crowd events are scheduled in any of the inland cities most affected by the partial freeway closure this weekend, but Eastvale's two-day TailGate Fest at Leal Ranch on Aug. 17-18 could add to traffic woes, according to Cherry. ``We'll be putting the word out on how motorists can avoid getting stuck in long lines for the fest,'' she said.
For the third straight weekend, crews are working on the entire eastbound 60 between Interstate 15 in Ontario and the 60/91/215 interchange in Riverside, roughly 13 miles that's closed to traffic. The closure is not scheduled to end until 5 a.m. Monday.
According to Caltrans, the weekend closures on the eastbound 60 will continue, over the same 55-hour periods, until Sept. 23. However, work will be suspended during Labor Day weekend.