CELEBRATING GRIDLOCK RELIEF ON THE POMONA FREEWAY
Groundbreaking Ceremony for the SR-60 HOV Lane Project
District 7 celebrated gridlock relief on May 2 in the City of Industry at a kick-off for construction of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes for the Pomona Freeway (State Route 60) at an outdoor ceremony at the Puente Hills Mall.
This project will add one HOV lane (11.5 miles 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.
Once complete, the new lanes will save motorists about one minute per mile, help to relieve congestion, improve mobility, decrease travel times and enhance safety. The additional lanes will also improve the movement of goods and services throughout the corridor. This $125 million project is estimated for completion in the summer of 2011. At that time, the Pomona Freeway will have continuous HOV lanes between the San Gabriel River Freeway and Riverside County.
“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.”
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 over 500 carpool lane miles – the most in the state. California has about 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.