On Sept. 19, Police Chief Dario Robinson circulated a university-wide email announcing the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would be closing the westbound San Bernardino Interstate 10 freeway (I-10) on-ramp at Kellogg Drive.
The project began on the evening of Sept. 20 and is expected to last an estimated 45 days.
Robinson noted the closure was “unanticipated,” which was apparent given the late notice of the road work.
This closure is just after the recent shutdown of the westbound Kellogg Drive off-ramp, which concluded on Aug. 21.
Both projects are in connection with the I-10 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lane Project which will add carpool lanes in each direction “along the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) … between the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) and Orange Freeway (SR-57),” according to the Caltrans website.
A Sept. 19 press release from Caltrans stated the Sept. 20 closure is due to “additional pavement work.” According to the statement, the Kellogg Drive on-ramp recently underwent pavement rehabilitation, “but it was recently determined additional work would enhance public safety.”
Gary Qi, a Gardena resident and fourth-year business administration and accounting student at Cal Poly Pomona, is directly affected by this on-ramp shutdown.
“I usually take the 10 westbound to the 605 southbound, then to the 105 westbound to get home,” Qi said. “I feel really frustrated at Caltrans because in my opinion, they have a really bad track record on effectively fixing or building infrastructure in a timely and effective manner. It just adds unnecessary stress onto my already long commute.”
While this 45-day closure will surely impact CPP students’ commutes home, traveling to campus should remain the same.
According to Chief Robinson’s campus-wide announcement, “Both the westbound and eastbound off-ramps from I-10 to Kellogg Drive remain open.”
CPP’s Compass website offers several alternate routes in order to get to the westbound I-10 freeway during this time. Detours include:
Take Temple Avenue to the SR-57 north freeway and exit at the I-10 west freeway.
Take South Campus Drive, turning left onto Ridgeway Street and left onto the I-10 west freeway.
For more alternate routes and information regarding the I-10 HOV Lane Project, visit https://www.cpp.edu/~compass/.
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