By Leydy Rangel Perez
Ramp closures may occur anytime from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and will affect motorists entering or exiting the westbound freeway, according to the California Department of Transportation.
Before construction began, the Kellogg Drive off-ramp consisted of two vehicle lanes in each direction that helped traffic flow with ease.
Lanes have been narrowed down to one lane in each direction. Traffic is especially heavy Tuesday and Thursday mornings, sometimes causing minor accidents.
Lane closures associated with the project have also resulted in a lengthy wait for motorists entering campus. University police direct traffic when there is congestion in order to mitigate motorists’ travel time.
Caltrans is in communication with Cal Poly Pomona students and faculty and makes efforts to address any concerns regarding the project.
Caltrans will also ensure no closures or construction occurs during important campus events.
“Our contract has certain dates and events such as graduation in which we don’t do any work,” said Caltrans spokesperson Yessica Jovel.
Caltrans is aware of CPP’s need to get both on and off campus and makes the effort to begin closures hours after 7 p.m.
“We understand that students must have access to that ramp, thus they will usually begin closure later at night,” said Jovel.
Motorists trying to use the off- and on-ramp during the evening and night may have to use a detour in order to reach campus.
Caltrans will have appropriate signage and detours posted, and will post any other construction notices ahead of time to ensure the public is informed.
The Kellogg Drive off-ramp has been affected by the I-10 high occupancy vehicle lane construction project that began in spring 2016 and is expected to be completed in Summer 2021. The project will alleviate traffic congestion and provide residents with a more efficient way to access the freeway.
The construction project was divided into three segments. Segment one extends from I-605 to Puente Avenue and is complete.
Segment two covers Puente Avenue to Citrus Street and will be complete Spring 2019.
Kellogg Drive ramp is the Segment 3 project, and it extends from Citrus Street to SR-57, covering 5.2 miles with a total cost of $195.25 million. The total cost of all three segments will be $553.25 million.
By the end of the project, carpool lanes will be available in each direction of I-10 between the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) and Orange Freeway (SR-57), making a continuous 40-mile HOV lane from downtown Los Angeles to I-15 in San Bernardino County. Bridge widenings, new ramp alignments and sound walls that reduce noise at locations near the freeway will also be completed and will provide more efficient infrastructure for residents. The sound walls will have a mountain range pattern.
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