Caltrans is not planning to erect a temporary crossover lane near Palm Springs as part of a road work project on Interstate 10, contrary to an announcement made in error by the state transportation agency, a spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.
Caltrans issued a statement last Thursday saying motorists should expect delays this week between the state Route 111 interchange and Main Street in Cabazon as crews install a new crossover, which typically allows one to two lanes of traffic to be shifted to lanes on the opposite side of the freeway for road work purposes.
Caltrans District 8 spokeswoman Emily Leinen said Wednesday that the crossover lane announcement was made in error, but restriping work is going forward.
“We currently have the (Haugen-Lehamnn Way) onramp going eastbound closed for material storage, worker safety and ramp improvements so we can maintain capacity of the interstate, and without bringing in a crossover lane,” she said.
The contractor is “considering other traffic control options just to see what would be best for that area, so it is too early to tell” if a crossover lane might be in the offing, Leinen added.
Over the past year, crews have been gradually making improvements to nearly 20 miles of freeway between Beaumont and SR-111 north of Palm Springs as part of the I-10 Pavement Rehabilitation Project, also called the I-10 Tune-Up.
Caltrans established the first temporary crossover lane of the project along about five miles of the interstate between Banning and Cabazon over the summer as part of the project.
The roughly five-mile temporary lane was built to allow eastbound traffic to cross onto the opposing side of the roadway onto a separated lane from the others in order to avoid daytime lane closures, according to Caltrans.
Leinen said the crossover lane will be shifted to the westbound side of the interstate within the next one to two months.
Besides temporary ramp closures, no daytime lane closures are planned for the project, which involves replacing guardrails, repaving outside lanes, replacing slabs in inside lanes and upgrading various onramps and offramps to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The $210 million project is primarily funded by the state gas tax, and the remainder through federal funds as well as some funding from the state, according to Caltrans.
Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.