I-15 Traffic Nightmare - NBC Southern California

I-15 Traffic Nightmare



    I-15 Traffic Nightmare
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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03: Drivers use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane (C), also called the diamond or commuter lane, at sunset on the 118 or Ronald Reagan Freeway on February 3, 2005 near Simi Valley, California. To encourage sales of environmentally-friendly hybrid cars, lawmakers are contemplating legislation that would allow states to determine whether to allow hybrid vehicles with no additional passengers to be driven in highway HOV lanes, currently reserved only for motorcycles and vehicles carrying multiple passengers. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    if you are used to driving on the I-15 in the high desert, you know traffic can be brutal under the best of circumstances.

    But this weekend's traffic can only be described as a nightmare for commuters. Last month’s storms and heavy rains have caused major problems to the roadway.

    Caltrans said blame it on December storm damage. Caltrans said the damage around $93 million worth.

    Roads were left with gaping craters, potholes and mudslides.

    Caltrans representatives said they have had no choice but to begin repairs. The emergency-paving project started around 9 a.m. Thursday and "may" run more than a week.

    Four lanes were pared down to just one from the High Desert into San Bernardino snaring traffic Thursday morning for hours. Caltrans was forced to stop repairs during the afternoon to relieve the congestion but motorists fear the impact on their commutes for the rest of the week.