Update: Pomona (60) Freeway Reopening

UPDATE: (Monday, Dec. 19) For information: Caltrans District 7 website or the District 7 blog. The latest traffic information can be obtained on the Caltrans website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/ by accessing the Quickmaps feature.

UPDATE (issued Saturday, Dec. 17, by Caltrans 4:34 p.m.) — Montebello — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) opened the westbound Pomona Freeway (SR-60) at approximately 11:15 a.m.  Eastbound SR-60 open at 3:15 p.m. today.

UPDATE (issued Saturday, Dec, 17, by Caltrans at 1 p.m.) — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) opened the westbound Pomona Freeway (SR-60) at approximately 11:15 a.m. Construction crews are repairing fire damaged sections of roadway on eastbound SR-60. It is expected that eastbound lanes will open to traffic on Saturday, December 17 by 5 p.m.

Community Detour Map for SR-60 closure

Caltrans has issued a detour map to help the community navigate around the closure of SR-60 this weekend. The map points to routes to the hospital, the alternate route to Paramount Boulevard, and ways for shoppers to access Montebello Town Center. Click on image to view map at full size.

Sunday is now the estimated re-opening time for the Pomona (60) Freeway. See previous post for transit options. Here is the news release issued by Caltrans this morning.

Update on SR-60 Reopening and Bridge Demolition

Montebello — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is
working to re-open both directions of the Pomona Freeway (SR-60) to traffic
by Sunday evening, December 19.  Closures are subject to change.

Eastbound and westbound SR-60 has been closed since Wednesday afternoon
between the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) and the San Gabriel Freeway (I-605) after a tanker truck caught fire on eastbound SR-60 under the Paramount Boulevard bridge. There were no serious injuries.

The westbound SR-60 closure has been shortened from I-605 to Rosemead
Boulevard. The freeway connector transition from northbound and southbound I-710 to eastbound SR-60 remains closed.

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Update on SR-60 Reopening and Bridge Demolition

UPDATE: (Monday, Dec. 19) For information: Caltrans District 7 blog. The latest traffic information can be obtained on the Caltrans website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/ by accessing the Quickmaps feature.

UPDATE (issued Saturday, Dec. 17, by Caltrans 4:34 p.m.) — Montebello — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) opened the westbound Pomona Freeway (SR-60) at approximately 11:15 a.m. Eastbound SR-60 open at 3:15 p.m. today. The demolition of the remaining bridge section above westbound SR-60 will occur between 11 p.m and 5 a.m. from Sunday, December 18 to Tuesday, December 20.  Up to two lanes of the eastbound SR-60 will be closed and the westbound SR-60 will be entirely closed between I-605 and Garfield for this operation.

UPDATE (issued Saturday, Dec. 17, by Caltrans at 1 p.m.) — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) opened the westbound Pomona Freeway (SR-60) at approximately 11:15 a.m. Construction crews are repairing fire damaged sections of roadway on eastbound SR-60. It is expected that eastbound lanes will open to traffic on Saturday, December 17 by 5 p.m.

Community Detour Map for SR-60 closure

Caltrans has issued a detour map to help the community navigate around the closure of SR-60 this weekend. The map points to routes to the hospital, the alternate route to Paramount Boulevard, and ways for shoppers to access Montebello Town Center. Click on image to view map at full size.

For public transit options, see our previous post from Thursday:
Public transit options help offset 60 Freeway closure

Here is the news release issued by Caltrans today:

Montebello — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is working to re-open both directions of the Pomona Freeway (SR-60) to traffic by mid-day Saturday, December 17, after the discovery of hazardous materials delayed a planned reopening today.

Eastbound and westbound SR-60 has been closed since Wednesday afternoon between the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) and the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) after a tanker truck caught fire on eastbound SR-60 atParamount Boulevard. There were no serious injuries.

Currently, utility work continues on the Paramount Bridge above eastbound SR-60. Following that, demolition of the eastbound portion of the bridge will resume; the westbound side has been determined to be safe and will not be demolished at this time. Pavement work is expected to begin late today.

The westbound SR-60 closure has been shortened from I-605 to Rosemead Boulevard. The freeway connector transition from northbound and southbound I-710 to eastbound SR-60 remains closed.

Caltrans, with its emergency contractor Flatiron Construction, is working around the clock to complete the repairs that will allow the freeway to reopen. The Department is cognizant of the impacts this closure is having on the local communities and is doing everything possible to shorten their inconvenience. In the meantime, Caltrans is taking advantage of the closure to perform various maintenance activities on the freeway.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead, be patient, and use alternate routes or public transportation, if possible. Signed detours are in place. The latest freeway traffic information can be obtained on the Caltrans website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/ by accessing the Quickmaps feature.

Update: Power restored to Metro Green Line

Loss of traction power on the Metro Green Line stranded service between Lakewood and Long Beach stations for about a half hour.

Traction power was restored at 5:06 p.m. A bus bridge to shuttle passengers was cancelled as normal operations resumed at 5:11 p.m.

Twitter feed at 4:48 p.m.: Green Line suspended btwn Lakewood & Long Beach Bl stations. Expect major delays to Norwalk. Bus shuttles requested. Use 460 as alt.

Public transit options help offset 60 Freeway closure

Customers can find a convenient bus or rail route to a destination at the TripPlanner on www.metro.net. Also, this is a good time to check out your rideshare options. Find a friend or neighbor to share the ride or make an instant connection at metro.net. (See “Commuting” in the “Getting Around” tab)

Metro buses continue to serve the area impacted by the 60 Freeway closure. Metro Bus Line 84 (Rte 68) to Eagle Rock, Line 176 (Rte 287) to Highland Park serving the Montebello Town Center along Cesar E Chavez Ave. continue via a slight detour around the Paramount Bridge.

Additionally, the Silver Line runs along the I-10 to Downtown from the El Monte Busway. Lines 487 and 489 travel from the El Monte Busway to the Sierra Madre Villa Station of the Metro Gold Line to Pasadena and continue on city streets to downtown Los Angeles.

Customers can also board the Metro Gold Line Eastside Extension at Atlantic Station. Gold Line trains run every 6 minutes during rush hours. Entrance to the station and a free parking structure is adjacent to the 60 Freeway at the Atlantic exit.

Commuters should also consider taking the Metrolink Riverside lines and San Bernardino line. The San Bernardino Line has more frequent service (every 20 minutes during rush hours) and largely parallels the I-10 Fwy.

The news release issued by Metrolink is after the jump:

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Red and Purple Line service suspended at Union Station

UPDATE, 8 P.M.: All trains are now running.

Some key updates from Metrolink:

Any @MetrolinkRIV passengers that missed RIV Line Train 412 please go to Patsaouras Transit Plaza Platform 2 for MTA bus to RIV tonight.

Any @MetrolinkOC passengers that missed the OC Line Train 608 please take Amtrak 592 at 8:30pm they are making all @Metrolink stops tonight.

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As many of you know by now, Red and Purple Line service was suspended earlier this evening into and out of Union Station due to a suspicious package found aboard a train.

The best way to get the latest news on your cell phones is to follow Metro’s Twitter feed.

Buses are shuttling passengers between the Civic Center station and Union Station.

Another travel tip from our Twitter feed:

Here are other alternates btwn Downtown-Union Sta. On Olive- take any 70’s bus. Hope- DASH B. Broadway- 40, 740, 745. Main- 733, DASH D. ^ST

 

And just a few minutes ago, this from the Sheriff’s Department Twitter feed:

630PM,Tues, Red Line subway at track level is the only area of #UnionStation currently evacuated @MetroLosAngeles susp. package #LASD
@MetroLosAngeles RedLine incident began at #UnionStation at 4:55PM,Tues. #LASD BombSquad at train & track level. Thank U for cooperation

Full late night closure of southbound 405 between 101 and Getty Center Drive tonight

Here’s the news release:

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Bus service changes suspended

UPDATE: Metro officials said Friday that the service changes were suspended because a few of the changes needed to be analyzed to determine their impacts on low-income people and minorities. This is required under federal Civil Rights guidelines. Due to staffing and equipment issues, Metro decided Friday that it would be best to implement all of the service changes at once and, therefore, decided to delay them until the analysis of some of the changes was completed.

Here is the news release:

Various bus service changes scheduled to go into place on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011 have been suspended. All service changes and modification to Metro bus service announced in a Metro news release issued yesterday (Dec. 8, 2011), have been suspended until further notice.

Metro staff apologizes for any inconvenience and confusion cause by the suspension of the proposed changes. Staff over the next several months will conduct further analysis on the proposed changes to determine if and when the service modifications will be implemented.

For complete route and schedule information visit metro.net.