Southern California Gears Up for Truck Lane on I-215 and Highway 60
September 12, 2000
Work has begun on an interstate truck lane meant to improve traffic congestion and safety on Interstate 215 and Highway 60 in Southern California.
According to The Riverside Press-Enterprise, voters approved a measure 12 years ago calling for the 5.3-mile lane that will stretch from west of the University Avenue interchange on the southbound side of I-215 to Frederick Street on eastbound Highway 60 in Riverside.
"We are constructing this to provide congestion relief and to improve traffic safety," said Jeanne Garcia, spokeswoman for Caltrans.
The $9.3 million project is being funded by state and federal gas tax funds, but the truck lanes are part of an overall transportation project that involves reconfiguring the junction of I-215 and highways 91 and 60. The funding for the project is currently up in the air because it’s $49 million over budget.
Transportation officials say the freeway will remain open during construction, which is expected to take 18 months.