Friday, April 29, 2016

Construction Begins for Final Phase of I-10 Carpool Lane Project

Officials signal the start of construction on the new I-10 HOV lanes project in the San Gabriel Valley on April 29.

Congressmember Norma Torres speaks to news media and guests at groundbreaking for HOV lane project.
Elected officials and representatives from Caltrans, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other organizations gathered April 29 for groundbreaking on a construction project that will add more than 10 miles of new carpool lanes on the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10).

The new HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes are expected to help ease congestion for the more than 200,000 motorists who travel the route daily in the San Gabriel Valley.

“Caltrans is working all over this state to improve traffic flow, reduce emissions and to save motorists time and money,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “These additional lanes are an example of some of the direct steps we’re taking to reduce travel times on some of the state’s most congested highways, including this vital route in the Los Angeles area’s regional freeway system.”

The $195 million project will add one 5.2-mile-long carpool lane in each direction of I-10 between Citrus Street in West Covina and the Orange Freeway (SR-57). Sound walls also will be constructed to reduce freeway noise in adjacent neighborhoods.

This is the last of three projects that upon completion will create continuous carpool lanes between downtown Los Angeles and San Bernardino County, a distance of about 40 miles.

Nearly 760,000 people per day ride on Los Angeles County’s 557 lane miles of carpool lanes. An additional 41 miles of carpool lanes are now under construction in the county, and another 131 miles are in the design and planning stage. California has more than 1,600 lane miles of carpool lanes – the most in the nation.

The prime contractor for the new I-10 HOV lanes project is Atkinson Construction of Irvine.