Drivers were urged to brace for delays this week due to nighttime lane and ramp closures set to accompany road work along Interstate 10 between Beaumont and the Coachella Valley.
For more than a year, crews have been gradually making improvements to nearly 20 miles of freeway between Beaumont and Highway 111 near Palm Springs as part of the I-10 Pavement Rehabilitation Project, also called the I-10 Tune-Up.
Caltrans advised motorists traveling east or west on the I-10 along the entire length of the project route to plan for overnight lane closures between Monday and Friday, from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. daily. Crews will be doing paving in both directions.
Additionally, multiple ramp closures are set to continue or start up this week.
The eastbound Haugen-Lehmann Way off-ramp will remain closed through Thursday. The eastbound Haugen-Lehmann Way on-ramp is additionally closed, and is expected to reopen Friday, according to Caltrans.
The westbound Morongo Trail on-ramp in Cabazon closed two weeks ago and is set to reopen Friday.
In addition, the westbound Malki Road off-ramp in Banning shut down Sunday night as part of a 10-day closure.
No weekday lane closures are planned at the moment, although crews are set to work during the daytime hours at various points along the thoroughfare.
Last month, Caltrans deployed a new roughly six-mile temporary lane on the westbound I-10 between Banning and Cabazon. The crossover lane was initially set up in the eastbound direction.
Like its eastbound counterpart, the westbound thoroughfare between Eighth Street in Banning and Main Street in Cabazon will deliver motorists to the opposing side of the roadway via a separated single lane with no shoulder space. Caltrans engineers say the mechanism is used in order to avoid daytime lane closures. Motorists are urged to slow down while using the crossover ramp for safety.
The I-10 Tune-Up includes replacing guardrails, repaving outside lanes, replacing slabs in inside lanes and upgrading various on- and off-ramps 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.
Caltrans has set up a website for project-specific updates at i10tuneup.com/.