During the next few weeks, the Los Angeles County Public Works Department will be doing maintenance work on the 210 freeway. During this time, there will be closures on both the on- and off-ramps of the freeway. This will cause traffic snarls on both sides of the freeway.
On- and off-ramps will be closed at the same time
Several on- and off-ramps of the 210 Freeway will be closed at the same time in San Bernardino and Highland this week as part of an ongoing road widening project. The on-ramps will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., according to Caltrans. The work is part of a $135.5 million project. The project includes overhead sign structures, traffic loop detectors, rumble strips, a guardrail system and ramp reconstruction.
The closures are expected to begin Wednesday evening, and will continue for five days. During the closure, drivers will be directed to take the 605 Freeway to the westbound 210 Freeway. Some connectors will also be closed, including the connector from the eastbound 210 Freeway in San Bernardino to the southbound 605 Freeway.
Eastbound lanes will be diverted to westbound lanes
Those traveling on the westbound 210 Freeway may have experienced an epic backup last week. The backup lasted about an hour, adding to the morning commute. The backup was the result of a massive road construction project on the freeway.
The SR 210 Lane Addition/Base Line Interchange project is designed to increase traffic flow throughout the corridor. During construction, crews will close several onramps and merge lanes on the freeway. The construction area is between the 605 Freeway interchange in Duarte and Irwindale Avenue exit in Irwindale. The project is designed to be finished by early 2020.
The $30 million San Gabriel River Bridge Hinge Replacement Project will replace old bridge hinges with new ones. The project also includes strengthening the bridge decks and railings. The five-day closure of the eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway is part of the project.
Traffic logjams on Duarte and Huntington Drive
Having said that, there was a time when traffic was aplenty on the dubious roadway that is smack dab in the middle of the City of Hope campus. It is a city on a mission to do well in everything from academics to civic engagement. Whether you are a local, an employee, or a benefactor, City of Hope is a place to learn, grow, and flourish. You are encouraged to take a break from the office or lab to check out our world class facilities, or take a quick tour of the campus. It is the one place where a little time and attention can go a long way. This small enclave is home to a world class cancer research center, as well as the aforementioned center for breast cancer, a research and treatment center for ovarian cancer, as well as numerous parks and greenways.
Construction crews will pothole on and off-ramps at the same time
Throughout the week, Caltrans will be conducting pavement improvements and ADA upgrades in the area of the 210 Freeway. This includes lane closures and ramp closures. The work is part of a larger rehabilitation project and is funded by Senate Bill 1. The project will include bike lanes, stormwater treatment devices and overhead sign structures.
The first phase of the project will be conducted between the 10 and 71 freeway interchange. The ramps will be resurfaced and upgraded with new overhead signs and lighting. In addition, ADA accessibility will be improved on existing curb ramps. Traffic signals will also be upgraded. The project is expected to be completed in September.
The K-10 interchange project will include the addition of left turning lanes to each ramp. The project will also address capacity improvements at Lexington Ave.. The westbound entrance ramps to the K-10 freeway will be closed. The speed limit through the construction zone will be 30 miles per hour.
Los Angeles County Public Works maintains the 210 freeway
Hundreds of people walk, bike and take transit every day on I-210, but only a few days go by without a traffic incident. According to the California Highway Patrol, 5-20 incidents occur each week, on average. The majority of those accidents involve pedestrians.
There are two main reasons for traffic incidents. The first is large traffic-generating venues. For example, a large concert or trade show can cause traffic generating events. These incidents are usually logged by the California Highway Patrol.
The second reason is a lack of safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 40% of roadway fatalities involve pedestrians. Pedestrian accidents occur on I-210 at least twice a week, on average. These accidents include a variety of injuries, including broken legs, sprains, and lacerations.