By Jessica Wang
Cal Poly Pomona students and staff may experience minimal traffic slowdown along the Kellogg Drive underpass due to the California Department of Transportation’s I-10 project, which is constructing a carpool lane along the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) between the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) and Orange Freeway (SR-57).
The carpool lane will “increase the 557-mile carpool lane system in Los Angeles County, add freeway capacity, reduce congestion by encouraging carpooling, improve traffic flow and reduce energy consumption,” according to the Caltrans website.
CPP has partnered with Caltrans to minimize disruption to the campus community through adjusted scheduling and noise-reducing efforts.
According to Emily Velasco, communications specialist at the Office of Public Affairs, there will be no impact on parking with minimal delay occurring only along the Kellogg Drive off- and on-ramps.
“There [are] two lanes in each direction [and] they’re going to be reducing them to one lane in each direction, so there will be some traffic slowdown for people using the Kellogg off-ramp and on-ramp on busy days,” said Velasco. “Outside of peak hours, there’s not enough traffic to back up there, but that’s really the only place you’ll be seeing a back-up.”
The narrowing of four lanes to two along the underpass relates to bridge-widening efforts and will be set in place for approximately a year.
To accommodate the widening, the underpass will also be closed intermittently between late night and early morning hours when traffic is lightest, from approximately 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Beginning in December, a retaining wall will be constructed near campus and pile driving- pushing poles into soil to provide support for buildings- will be taking place near the Aliso and Montecito residence halls.
Sound wall construction for noise reduction and ramp work will also occur.
Caltrans has modified its construction schedule for Dec. 12 through Jan. 3, which begins after final exams week to minimize the impact on students and staff.
Noise-reducing equipment will also be utilized to mitigate noise intensity, according to a mass email sent by Facilities Management.
“The measures that Caltrans have taken are going to make a huge difference for our campus,” said Velasco. “Largely, students are going to remain unaffected at this time.”
According to Velasco, Caltrans may be closing the Kellogg Drive ramp in the future for construction.
There is no definitive date set yet but it may occur sometime in 2018 or 2019.
“They have been really great so far [with] working with us to make sure that the construction doesn’t impact our campus too much,” said Velasco. “So we have been urging them to take a time of the year to close it when it will have the least effect on campus.”
Once the I-10 project is complete, the result will be a 40-mile carpool lane spanning from downtown Los Angeles to the 15 Freeway in San Bernardino County.
Eviana Vergara / The Poly Post
Construction taking place on the I-10 freeway
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