Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Interstate 10 (San Bernardino Freeway) project to add High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes years in the making

It is one of the busier and congested stretches of the San Bernardino Freeway (Interstate 10), but the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has been working on a project to add High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to reduce congestion and encourage carpooling.

The more than half a billion dollar Interstate 10 HOV project calls for the construction of one HOV lane in each direction of the San Bernardino Freeway between Interstate 605 in Baldwin Park and State Route 57 near Cal Poly Pomona.

Upon completion of the I-10 HOV project, there will be one continuous HOV lane from downtown Los Angeles to San Bernardino County.
The project adds more than 10 miles of HOV lanes (5.2 miles in each direction) on I-10 and is being done in three segments, with the first segment, from I-605 to Puente Avenue, already completed in 2013.

Currently, construction is ongoing for the second and third segments. Work on the second segment, which is from Puente Avenue in Baldwin Park to Citrus Street in West Covina, started in summer 2014, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 2018, months ahead of schedule.

Second segment of I-10 HOV project
The final segment is from Citrus Street in Covina/West Covina to State Route 57, and once completed in summer 2021, will provide one continuous HOV lane in both directions of I-10 from Interstate 15 in San Bernardino County to downtown Los Angeles.

The I-10 HOV project adds more than 10 miles of HOV lanes from I-605 to SR-57.
In addition to HOV lanes, other construction activities include widening bridges, realigning ramps and the installation of sound walls and retaining walls.

Work to widen Via Verde Bridge on westbound I-10.
Sound walls will be constructed to mitigate noise at various locations in the project area. The sculpted retaining walls are made into a unique design to match the area's natural surroundings. Some patterns are stained, but each pattern is different at various locations.

Retaining wall built along eastbound I-10 at Via Verde Park and Ride in San Dimas.

Retaining wall with sculpted pattern along eastbound I-10 near Grand Ave. in West Covina.
Retaining wall on westbound I-10 Kellogg Drive on-ramp
Retaining wall at Forest Lawn and eastbound I-10 in Covina.

The majority of the work is being done during evening hours, and you can get more information about the project on the Caltrans District 7 website here.

If you are driving through the construction area, remember to "Slow For the Cone Zone" and "Be Work Zone Alert."

Caltrans thanks the community for their patience and understanding as we work to provide an efficient, safe and sustainable transportation system for the years to come.