Metro Corner: Construction Begins for the I-10 Carpool Lane in Baldwin and West Covina
July 30, 2014 • 1,501 views
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Baldwin and West Covina
Caltrans today announced that construction has begun on eight miles of new carpool lanes on the San Bernardino Freeway (Interstate10) that will ease congestion for more than 200,000 motorists who travel the route daily between Baldwin Park and West Covina.
“Investing in I-10 benefits all Californians because it is a critical link between Santa Monica and the Arizona border that helps power the state’s economic engine,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Locally, I-10 serves commuters, parents taking children to school and businesses that rely on it to get goods and merchandise to their customers.”
“Metro serves the region not only as a transit provider but as the lead funding agency for transportation projects including highway improvements” said Metro Board Chair Diane DuBois. “Metro is pleased to have programmed $151.6 million (77.5%) towards the total cost for construction of this HOV project with today’s celebration a result of Metro and Caltrans partnering together to make this possible.”
The $195.5 million project will add one four-mile-long carpool lane in each direction of I-10 between Puente Avenue in Baldwin Park and Citrus Street in West Covina. Soundwalls will also be constructed to reduce freeway noise in adjacent neighborhoods. This is the second 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. The third phase of the project is scheduled to begin in 2015.
Nearly 760,000 people per day ride in Los Angeles County’s 532 miles of carpool lanes. An additional 58 miles of carpool lanes are now under construction in the county and another 130 miles are planned. California has close to 1,400 miles of carpool lanes – the most in the nation.
Caltrans and its federal and local transportation partners are investing billions in Los Angeles County in projects that will make driving safer, repair highways and bridges and build new carpool lanes to reduce congestion. Some of the noteworthy ongoing and planned improvements include:
• Almost $3 billion for 17 projects along Interstate 5, including a new carpool lane in each direction between Magnolia Boulevard and Buena Vista Street.
• The I-10/I-605 Interchange Improvement Project will construct a direct connector interchange from southbound I-605 to eastbound I-10. Estimated at $66 million, this project is scheduled to be finished in late 2015.
• The Pomona Freeway (State Route 60) Pavement Project is repairing the freeway in both directions between the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) and the Orange Freeway (SR-57). This $121.5 million project is expected to be completed this fall.
The contractor for the project is Ames Construction, Inc. of Corona, California. Motorists are reminded to please “Slow for the Cone Zone.”