The San Bernardino Freeway (commonly known as I-10) has long been the source of significant amounts of congestion, particularly during rush hours. In an attempt to resolve this problem, the state of California is adding carpool lanes in each direction of the freeway between the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) and Orange Freeway (SR-57). As part of the construction, Caltrans is also widening bridges, realigning ramps and building soundwalls and retaining walls.
The project has been under construction in various areas since 2013. The third segment of the project began construction in April 2016, and involves building an HOV lane in both directions between SR-57 and Citrus Street. This project is estimated to be complete by summer 2021.
Until then, local drivers will have to deal with some travel disruptions associated with traffic in the area. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions we receive about the project from our customers who come in for auto body repair in Walnut, CA.
Q: Do I have to worry about freeway closures?
There have been and will continue to be some closures on occasion. These closures will mostly happen during evening and night hours to allow crews to get out and get a lot of work done during times when the roads are less likely to be crowded with vehicles.
Some long-term ramp closures have happened and will happen at exits such as Azusa Avenue, West Covina Parkway, Citrus Street, Grand Avenue, Holt Avenue, Vincent Avenue and Kellogg Drive.
Q: I live near the freeway. Should I expect the project to be noisy at night?
The noise from the project has not been particularly disruptive. You can expect it to sound like ordinary freeway traffic. Caltrans has been focused on monitoring noise levels during construction to minimize potential nuisances to the local area. However, if you do experience excessive noise or any pollution related to the project, you should get in touch with Caltrans.
Q: What’s the deal with the soundwalls?
Soundwalls are built along highways and freeways to provide noise barriers for people who live or work in the area. Soundwalls must provide a reduction of at least five decibels, which is considered a noticeable level for human ears.
Soundwalls are being built as part of the I-10 project, and will be constructed in various locations along both the eastbound and westbound sections in the different segments of the project. They will range from 12 to 16 feet in height, and will have a mountain range pattern on them to add some extra aesthetic value.
Q: Who can I contact with questions or concerns about the project?
Contact Caltrans or follow the progress of the project on the agency’s website, www.dot.ca.gov/dist07. Caltrans is also on Twitter at @CaltransDist7.
For more information about the I-10 project and what you can expect out of it when it’s complete, feel free to contact our shop that specializes in auto collision repair in Walnut, CA. We look forward to talking to you.
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