The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues $125 million construction of HOV (carpool) lanes in both directions of the Pomona Freeway (SR-60) between the Orange Freeway (SR-57) and the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605).
District 7 held a groundbreaking ceremony at the Puente Hills Mall in the city of Industry May 2 to kick-off construction of SR-60’s HOV lanes.
“This highway improvement project is providing congestion relief for California’s motorists,” said Doug Failing, Caltrans District 7 Director. “We all want a California where people spend less time sitting on the freeways, less time commuting and more leisure time with friends and family.”
This project will add 11.5 mi. (18.5 km) in each direction to ease congestion on SR-60 between the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) in the city of Industry and the Orange Freeway (SR-57) in Diamond Bar.
The project is scheduled to be completed by summer 2011.
Additionally, the SR-60 project will include the construction of retaining walls, sound walls and an upgrade to a number of on- and off-ramps.
Currently, Caltrans is working on sound wall construction along westbound SR-60.
According to Caltrans, the new lanes will save motorists about one minute per mile, help to relieve congestion, improve mobility, decrease travel times and enhance safety once completed.
The additional lanes also will improve the movement of goods and services throughout the corridor.
Approximately 211,000 commuters use this portion of SR-60 daily.
Improving SR-60 with carpool lanes is another step toward providing a seamless transportation network and improving the quality of life for Southern California commuters. With the completion of this HOV project, Caltrans District 7 will have more than 500 carpool lane mi. (800 km) — the most in the state.
California has approximately 40 percent of the nation’s total HOV lane miles.
Joining Caltrans in the celebration were Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Chairperson; Michael Antonovich, Los Angeles County Supervisor; Roger Snoble, Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro); John Fasana, Councilman, city of Duarte and Metro Board Member. CEG