The westbound Moreno Valley (60) Freeway between Beaumont and Moreno Valley will be shut down every night this week for ongoing construction, and the Riverside County Transportation Commission advised motorists to plan to use alternate routes to avoid delays.
Beginning at 10 Monday evening and continuing through 5 a.m. Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol will close both westbound lanes between the Interstate 10/60 Freeway interchange and Gilman Springs Road, roughly five miles, as part of the “State Route 60 Truck Lanes Project.”
According to RCTC, the closure is required to allow crews to lay new asphalt. Eastbound lanes on the 60 will not be impacted.
“The repairs should reduce the occurrence of potholes,” agency spokesman John Standiford said.
The shutdown will be repeated during the same hours throughout the week, ending on Saturday morning.
RCTC recommended that westbound motorists use I-10 from Beaumont to San Bernardino as an alternate route. Highway 79 to Gilman Springs, by way of San Jacinto, will also be available.
The $113 million truck lanes project began in the summer of 2019 and entails widening the 60 through an area known as the Badlands, where the freeway twists and turns over barren hillsides without the availability of frontage roads.
The project is being funded by Measure A county sales taxes, as well as federal and state grants, and once completed, will provide specially designated truck lanes on both the east- and westbound sides for safety and to reduce congestion.
A single collision on either side of the narrow four-lane segment has been known to tie up traffic for hours, forcing the CHP to divert motorists back into Beaumont or Moreno Valley, depending on which way they’re headed.
In addition to the truck lanes, crews are flattening several of the most curvy road sections to improve motorists’ visibility, and widening freeway shoulders to 12 feet along the outside lanes, and 11 feet on the inside lanes, adjacent to the center divider.
The contract further calls for construction of 23 wildlife crossings beneath the corridor, as well as fencing on either side to prevent animals from straying into traffic.
The project is on track for completion in the first half of 2022. More information is available at rctc.org/60trucklanes.