A six-mile stretch of the 91 Freeway in Corona will close for an entire weekend to allow crews to work on construction improvements.
The 91 Freeway is expected to close around 9 p.m. on Feb. 19 and reopen at 4 a.m. Feb. 22. The full closure, dubbed the 91 Steer Clear, would span from State Route 71 to the Interstate 15 Freeway.
The closure will allow construction crews to work on highway improvements, which includes building a bridge at Maple Street and the 91 Freeway, according to the Riverside County Transportation Commission, which is spearheading the project.
"By fully closing the roadway, we will be able to consolidate these significant construction efforts into one weekend, rather than multiple weekends or extending this over a month of weeknights," said RCTC Executive Director Anne Mayer.
"Consolidating the work activities within one weekend will reduce the number of closure hours by more than 50 percent," she said. "The project's design-build method allows for flexibility in planning work, such as this weekend closure."
Officials recommended that motorists plan to take alternate routes during the 55-hour closure, which will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, and wrap up at 4 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22.
Other east-west corridors traversing the IE include Interstate 10 and the Pomona (60) Freeway. Interstate 15 will remain open, as will the 71 expressway. However, utilizing either freeway to connect to the 91 will not be possible.
A public meeting on the anticipated impacts of the shutdown is slated
for Saturday, Feb. 6, between 9 a.m. and noon at the Corona Public Library, 650
S. Main St.
To see the map of the closure and alternative routes, click here.