‘Carmageddon’ approaches with Calif. 91 freeway closing

Transportation officials have a bit of advice for motorists: stay away from the 91 Freeway in California’s Inland Empire from 9 p.m. Friday Feb. 19 to 4 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22. They have gone so far to suggest motorists simply stay home.

East and westbound lanes of 91 between the 71 Freeway and I-15 in Corona will close from Friday, Feb. 19 at 9 pm to Monday, Feb. 22, at 4 am.

Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) officials say the 55-hour weekend closure of the 91 will allow its crews to “… consolidate three major construction activities and help ensure the safety of project crews and motorists by eliminating the possibility of conflicts.”

In case of bad weather, the closure will be postponed to the next weekend, weather permitting.

The RCTC posted online: “To minimize major travel delays and impacts during the closure, RCTC strongly recommends that motorists plan ahead, avoid travel in the area or stay home.”

The commission says motorists traveling on the 91, the 71 or I-15 near the project area during the closure period can expect travel delays of three to four hours.

“If travel cannot be avoided, motorists can use the 57, 60 and I-10 as alternate routes,” says the transportation commission.

For more details, visit the project’s website or call 877-770-9191.