Weekend closures of the 60 Freeway between Riverside and Ontario began Friday night as part of a four-month, $134 million repair project.
For eight weekends, through Sept. 23, the entire 60 Freeway will be closed between Interstate 15 and the 60/91/215 junction in Riverside from 10 p.m. on Fridays to 5 a.m. Mondays. The eastbound lanes will be open Labor Day weekend, however.
Drivers can still use the westbound 60 Freeway to access on- and off-ramps while the closure is in effect, the California Department of Transportation said.
Then, starting Sept. 28, the westbound 60 will be closed between the 60/91/215 junction in Riverside to the 15 Freeway between 10 p.m. Fridays and 5 a.m. Mondays.
The weekend closures will continue for seven weeks, through Nov. 18, and excludes Veteran's Day.
“This is huge,” Caltrans public information officer Terri Kasinga told the Los Angeles Times last week. “It’s going to be bigger than ‘Carmageddon’ or ‘Coronageddon’ because it’s 15 weekends.”
During the 15-week project -- dubbed the "60 Swarm" -- drivers are advised to avoid the 60 Freeway and take the 10, 15, 210 or 91 freeways instead.
Weeknight closures for the project started July 22 for east and westbound lanes in Ontario between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Construction includes repairing deteriorated pavements slabs along the roadway and beginning a bridge project in the fall to replace the Pipeline, Monte Vista and Benson avenue structures.
The project is expected to be completed in fall 2021, as long as the weather cooperates, officials said.