It’s not quite Carmaggedon. It is the 60 Summer Slam and Caltrans expects it to snarl traffic in the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire this summer.
For four weekends in July and August, a portion of the 60 Freeway in Rowland Heights will be slammed with traffic backups due to major roadwork between Fullerton Road and Nogales Street. In order to repair the roadway, Caltrans will block off between two and three lanes at a time for two or more miles, even closing the freeway during the early-morning hours.
“This is what we are calling a summer slam on Route 60,” said Lauren Wonder, Caltrans spokeswoman, during a press briefing Tuesday at the Caltrans Traffic Management Center in Los Angeles, west of Eagle Rock.
The state agency plans a series of four 55-hour weekend lane closures between these two exits that experts say will cause huge backups on the 60 and possibly the 57 freeway, while adding to traffic volumes on alternate routes, namely the 10 and the 210 freeways between eastern Los Angeles and western San Bernardino counties.
Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story SLAMMED.