Beginning Sunday night, motorists on Interstate 10 between Beaumont and the Coachella Valley are likely to encounter traffic delays next week in both directions during nighttime hours due to road work.
Over the past year, crews have been gradually making improvements to nearly 20 miles of freeway between Beaumont and state Route 111 north of Palm Springs as part of the I-10 Pavement Rehabilitation Project, also called the I- 10 Tune-Up.
Caltrans advised drivers traveling east or west on the I-10 along the project route to be prepared for lane closures from Sunday through next Thursday between 7 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. Crews will set up at various points along the thoroughfare. In both directions, lane closures are expected between Pennsylvania Avenue in Beaumont and the SR-111 interchange for paving work.
Additionally, the Haugen-Lehmann Way on-ramp will remain closed through May.
No weekday lane closures are currently planned for next week, although crews are set to work during the daytime hours at various points along the thoroughfare.
Caltrans recently deployed a new roughly six-mile temporary lane on the westbound I-10 between Banning and Cabazon. The crossover lane was initially set up in the eastbound direction. Like its eastbound counterpart, the westbound thoroughfare between Eighth Street in Banning and Main Street in Cabazon will deliver motorists to the opposing side of the roadway via a separated single lane with no shoulder space. Caltrans said the mechanism is used in order to avoid daytime lane closures.
The I-10 Tune-Up includes replacing guardrails, repaving outside lanes, replacing slabs in inside lanes and upgrading various on- and off-ramps to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The $210 million project is primarily funded by the state gas tax, and the remainder through federal funds as well as some funding from the state, according to Caltrans. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022. Caltrans has set up a website for project-specific updates at https://i10tuneup.com/.