Metro giveth and Caltrans taketh away may be the story in the San Gabriel Valley, where 1-1/2 miles of recently-opened toll and carpool lanes on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway will be closed starting Monday for two months of bridge repairs.
The combination carpool and express toll lanes were opened two years ago, but Caltrans needs to repair and replace bridge decking on the freeway’s viaduct above Valley Boulevard and Peck Road, Metro officials said.
The express lanes are open to drivers paying tolls through electronic transponders, and carpools get a free ride on them only if they also have transponders, under Metro rules.
From Monday through late August, the center median and left-most lanes in each direction will be closed, Metro officials said.
Eastbound express lane traffic will get merged into the general-flow lanes at Santa Anita Avenue, and eastbound tolls will be reduced to reflect the loss of 1.5 miles of privileged driving.
Westbound drivers will get to use the carpool lane west of the 605 Freeway interchange, but will have to merge into the regular flow after a short distance. The express lanes will resume for westbound traffic west of Peck Road, which is where the tolls will begin to be charged.
— City News Service