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State Route 60 (SR 60) is an east-west state highway in the U.S. state of California. It runs from the East Los Angeles Interchange near downtown Los Angeles to an interchange with Interstate 10 (I-10) in Beaumont. The highway serves the cities and communities on the eastern side of the Los Angeles metropolitan area and runs along the south side of the San Gabriel Valley. The highway provides a route across several spurs of the Peninsular Ranges, linking the Los Angeles Basin with the Pomona Valley and San Gabriel Valley. It runs from the East Los Angeles Interchange near the Los Angeles River in Los Angeles with Interstate 5 (I-5), Interstate 10 (I-10) and U.S. Route 101 (US 101) east to I-10 in Riverside County, with overlaps at State Route 57 and Interstate 215. The highway runs roughly parallel to Interstate 10, functioning as an alternate route east-west route through the area.

State Route 60 marker

State Route 60
Pomona Freeway
Moreno Valley Freeway
SR 60 highlighted in red
Route information
Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 360
Maintained by Caltrans
Length 76 mi[1] (122 km)
Existed 1964 – present
Major junctions
West end I-5 / I-10 / US 101 in Los Angeles
 
East end I-10 in Beaumont
Location
Counties Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside
Highway system
SR 59 SR 61

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Route descriptionEdit

 
Pomona Freeway in the foreground, with Phillips Ranch, and Mt. San Antonio in the background

SR 60 begins at the East Los Angeles Interchange near downtown Los Angeles, designated as the Pomona Freeway. The freeway heads east from the junction after splitting off from the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) and passes through East Los Angeles, intersecting the Long Beach Freeway (I-710). Continuing east through the southern San Gabriel Valley, SR 60 passes through many cities and communities, intersecting the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) in the City of Industry. It proceeds to an overlap with the Orange Freeway (SR 57) in Diamond Bar, right on the edge of the San Gabriel Valley.

A short overlap carries SR 60 traffic on the same roadway as SR 57. The two routes head northeast through an arm of the San Gabriel Valley; after they split, SR 60 ascends slightly and then slopes through the Puente Hills and into the Pomona Valley. Continuing east, SR 60 intersects the Chino Valley Freeway (SR 71) in Pomona, the Ontario Freeway (I-15) in Jurupa Valley, and the Riverside Freeway (SR 91/I-215) in Riverside, California.

A short overlap carries SR 60 traffic on the same roadway as I-215. The two routes head southeast; after this, SR 60 is designated as the Moreno Valley Freeway. The freeway runs through communities further east in the Inland Empire. After passing through Moreno Valley, SR 60 runs through the rugged hill country to the east (known as the Badlands to the locals). After that, SR 60 downgrades to an expressway, and has with several at-grade interchanges with local roads. Finally, in Beaumont, SR 60 ends and merges into the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway (I-10).

SR 60 traverses Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties. As it passes through many of Los Angeles' east side suburbs in southern San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, it is a major transportation corridor. For the majority of its length it is generally parallel to, and south of, the San Bernardino Freeway, Interstate 10 (I-10), and generally parallel to, and north of, the Riverside Freeway, California State Route 91. Traffic congestion is exacerbated by the rapid population growth and, therefore, residential, commercial, and industrial development in the inland communities known informally as the Inland Empire. In particular, it has become increasingly clogged of late with shipping container-laden trucks travelling from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to rail yards and warehouses in the Inland Empire. As a result of the rapid development of the Inland Empire since the 1980s, the Moreno Valley Freeway now suffers from severe traffic congestion. The northwestern section that is concurrently signed with Interstate 215 recently underwent significant construction to improve traffic flow.

The freeway is known as the Pomona Freeway from its western terminus to its junction with State Route 91 and Interstate 215 in Riverside, and the Moreno Valley Freeway east of this interchange until its eastern terminus at its junction with Interstate 10.[2] The route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System,[3] and is part of the National Highway System,[4] a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.[5]

HistoryEdit

 
Pomona Freeway eastbound and 57N Interchange, with Grand Ave. exit (exit 24B) for Mt. San Antonio College, Chino Hills, and Diamond Bar visible

The route takes its number from former U.S. Route 60, which now begins near Brenda, Arizona and terminates on the east coast at Virginia Beach, Virginia. Before 1964, U.S. 60 ran from Los Angeles to the Arizona state line, where it continued its nationwide trek, often overlapping U.S. 99 and U.S. 70 along the way. The advent of Interstate 10 created a situation where, at one point, four different signed routes would run along the state-maintained highway.

In 1964, California implemented a plan to simplify its highway-numbering system, where one state highway had only one route number and concurrencies were sternly discouraged. As a result, the U.S. 60 designation (along with U.S. 70 and U.S. 99) was removed. Interstate 10 (as Route 10) superseded U.S. 60's alignment from Beaumont and towards the Arizona state line, even though the routing was only partly a freeway. This left the officially designated Route 60 from Beaumont to Los Angeles orphaned from its original U.S. Highway (which to this day begins at a point on Interstate 10 east of Quartzsite, Arizona). This new Route 60 was provisionally signed as a U.S. Highway since the designation would guide motorists from Los Angeles to Arizona in the absence of a completed freeway for Interstate 10; when all of Route 10 was upgraded to a freeway, the U.S. Highway designation disappeared.

At least one California highway sign managed to be overlooked for many years afterward. A sign on Hess Boulevard at California State Route 62 in the unincorporated town of Morongo Valley pointing not to Interstate 10 but to U.S. 60 (with evidence of the sign having pointed to both U.S. 70 and U.S. 99 as well) stood through the early 2000s. It has since been removed.[6]

The stretch of Route 60 along the Moreno Valley Freeway made national headlines in April 2004, when five-year-old Ruby Bustamante of Indio and her 26-year-old mother, Norma, were reported missing. Their car had left the road, apparently unwitnessed, between the gap in two guard rails on April 4. It then crashed underneath a tree in a deep ravine. Though Mrs. Bustamante lost her life, presumably at the moment of impact, Ruby survived on her own for ten days on cups of uncooked Top Ramen noodles and bottles of Gatorade which were in the car.[7][8][9]

In 2005, construction of an HOV lane started between I-605 to Redlands Boulevard in three phases.[10] The construction was finished in 2010 between I-605 to SR 57, 2007 between SR 57 and I-15, and 2008 between I-15 to Redlands Boulevard. The Grand Avenue (exit 24B) interchange went through some major construction during this period as well, which included adding a direct HOV connector to SR 57 and an alternate route for SR 60 west to exit Brea Canyon Road (exit 23). There are no plans to construct the HOV lanes from I-605 to the East Los Angeles Interchange or from Redlands Boulevard to Interstate 10 at this time.

On December 14, 2011, a tanker truck carrying 8,800 gallons of gasoline caught fire and exploded on the Pomona Freeway in Montebello, causing Caltrans to have to rebuild the Paramount Boulevard overpass.[11][12] Shortly after the rebuilding of the bridge, Caltrans did widening work Paramount Boulevard's exits to accommodate the new bridge and installed new traffic signals.

In mid-2016, Caltrans started to construct a partial interchange at Lemon Avenue (to Brea Canyon Road) with no westbound exit. The project will finish in the summer of 2018. On May 1, 2018, the Lemon Avenue eastbound off-ramp exit and westbound on-ramp were opened. The eastbound on-ramp is still under construction. Also, on May 1, 2018, the eastbound off-ramp exit on Brea Canyon Road was removed, but the eastbound on-ramp still remains.[13]

FutureEdit

The full scrapping of the Brea Canyon Road eastbound off-ramp and construction of the eastbound on-ramp off Lemon Avenue has yet to be complete.

Another major project will reconstruct the interchange and rebuild the bridge with Grand Avenue on the east to ease bottleneck conditions with the merging of SR 57 north.[14] On the west, the exit ramps are being rebuilt. The eastern portion will begin in 2020.

There have been talks to convert SR 60 from the Jack Rabbit trail exit to the eastern terminus (I-10) to a full-on freeway.[15]

Exit listEdit

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment that existed at the time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, M indicates a second realignment, L refers an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see the list of postmile definitions).[16] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.

County Location Postmile
[16][1][17]
Exit
[18][19]
Destinations Notes
Los Angeles
LA 0.00-R30.46
Los Angeles 0.00 1A   I-10 west (Santa Monica Freeway) – Santa Monica Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; west end of SR 60/Pomona Freeway; I-10 east exit 16B
0.04 1B Santa Fe Avenue, Mateo Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
R0.55 1A   I-5 south (Santa Ana Freeway) – Santa Ana Eastbound exit only; I-5 north exit 134 goes directly to I-10 west
0.38–
R0.55
1C   US 101 north (Santa Ana Freeway) / Soto Street – Los Angeles Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
R0.55 1E   I-5 north (Golden State Freeway) – Sacramento Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-5 south exit 134A
R1.48 1D Whittier Boulevard, Lorena Street Signed as exit 1B eastbound; Whittier Boulevard was former US 101
R1.94 2 Indiana Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
R2.59 3A Downey Road
R3.27 3B   I-710 (Long Beach Freeway) – Long Beach, Alhambra I-710 north exit 20A, south exit 20B
Monterey Park R4.43 4 Atlantic Boulevard - Monterey Park
Monterey ParkMontebello line R5.16 6A Findlay Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
R5.89 6B Garfield Avenue, Wilcox Avenue Signed as exit 6 westbound
Montebello R7.77 8 Paramount Boulevard – Montebello
Rosemead R8.55 9 San Gabriel BoulevardRosemead
South El Monte 9.51 10A   SR 19 (Rosemead Boulevard)
10.23 10B Santa Anita Avenue – South El Monte
11.01 11 Peck Road
Industry 11.71 12   I-605 (San Gabriel River Freeway) – Seal Beach, Duarte I-605 exit 19; No control cities listed on route
12.63 13 Crossroads Parkway
Hacienda Heights 14.26 14 Seventh Avenue – Industry Signed as exits 14A (south) and 14B (north) eastbound
15.93 16 Hacienda Boulevard Former SR 39
IndustryHacienda Heights line 17.97 18 Azusa Avenue (CR N8) Proposed route of future SR 39
Rowland HeightsIndustry line 19.46 19 Fullerton Road
20.43 20 Nogales Street
R21.48 21 Fairway Drive – Walnut
Diamond Bar 22.39 22 Lemon Avenue to Brea Canyon Road No westbound exit. The Lemon Avenue project has been planned since 2002. The eastbound off-ramp and westbound on-ramp opened on May 1, 2018. The eastbound on-ramp is still under construction.[20][21][22]
R22.97 23 Brea Canyon Road No eastbound exit. A new westbound off-ramp was constructed through the new alternate SR 60 West in 2007. The eastbound off-ramp exit was removed permanently on May 1, 2018.
Diamond BarIndustry line R23.56 24A   SR 57 south (Orange Freeway) – Santa Ana West end of SR 57 overlap; SR 57 north exit 16
  SR 57 south HOV access only; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
R24.45 24B Grand Avenue – Diamond Bar
Diamond Bar R25.46 25   SR 57 north (Orange Freeway) – Glendora East end of SR 57 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; westbound access is via exit 26; no control cities along SR 57 North
R25.56 26 Diamond Bar Boulevard
Pomona R28.04 28 Phillips Ranch Road
R29.39 29A   SR 71 (Chino Valley Freeway) – Pomona, Corona, Lake Elsinore Signed as exit 29B westbound; eastbound exit to SR 71 north is via exit 29B; SR 71 north exits 12A-B, south exits 12-13
R29.39 29B Garey Avenue Signed as exit 29A westbound
R30.33 30 Reservoir Street
San Bernardino
R0.00-R9.96
Chino R1.37 32 Ramona Avenue
R2.37 33 Central Avenue
R3.60 34 Mountain Avenue
Ontario R4.58 35   SR 83 (Euclid Avenue) – Ontario
R5.86 36   Grove Avenue – Ontario Airport
R6.86 37 Vineyard Avenue
R7.87 38 Archibald Avenue
R8.91 39   Haven Avenue – Ontario Airport
San BernardinoRiverside
county line
R9.96 40 Milliken Avenue, Hamner Avenue Signed as exit 41A westbound; former SR 31
Riverside
R0.00-30.50
EastvaleJurupa Valley line R0.49 41   I-15 (Ontario Freeway) – Barstow, San Diego Signed as exit 41B westbound; I-15 south exit 106, north exits 106A-B
Jurupa Valley R1.99 42 Van Buren Boulevard, Etiwanda Avenue, Mission Boulevard
R3.03 43 Country Village Road, Mission Boulevard
R4.55 45 Pedley Road
R5.58 46 Pyrite Street
7.53 48 Valley Way, Mission BoulevardRubidoux
9.56 50 Rubidoux Boulevard – Rubidoux
Riverside 11.07 52A Market Street – Downtown Riverside
11.73 52B Main Street former US 91 / US 395
R12.06 53A   SR 91 west (Riverside Freeway) – Riverside, Beach Cities Signed as exit 34B westbound; former US 91 south; east end of Pomona Freeway; SR 91 exits 65B-C
R12.21
43.27[N 1]
53B   I-215 north (Riverside Freeway) – San Bernardino, Barstow West end of I-215 overlap; no exit number westbound; former I-15E north / US 91 north / US 395 north; I-215 exit 34C
42.84[N 1] 34A[N 2] Spruce Street Closed[23]
42.16[N 1] 33[N 2] 3rd Street, Blaine Street
41.49[N 1] 32[N 2] University Avenue former US 395
40.98[N 1] 31[N 2] Martin Luther King Boulevard
40.28[N 1] 31[N 2] El Cerrito Drive Closed[23]
39.48[N 1] 30B[N 2] Watkins Drive, Central Avenue
R38.92[N 1] 30A[N 2] Fair Isle Drive – Box Springs No westbound exit from I-215 north
R38.34[N 1]
R12.21
58   I-215 south (Escondido Freeway) – San Diego East end of I-215 overlap; no exit number eastbound; former I-15E south / US 395 south; west end of Moreno Valley Freeway; I-215 exit 29
RiversideMoreno Valley line 13.31 59 Day Street
Moreno Valley 14.32 60 Frederick Street, Pigeon Pass Road To SR 60 Business, former US 60 east
15.34 61 Heacock Street
16.35 62 Perris Boulevard
18.37 64 Nason Street
19.20 65 Moreno Beach Drive
20.37 66 Redlands Boulevard – Moreno
21.37 67 Theodore Street
22.10 68 Gilman Springs Road – Hemet, San Jacinto Former SR 177
Beaumont 27.98 74 Jack Rabbit Trail East end of freeway; interchange eastbound, at-grade intersection westbound; no exit number westbound
Western Knolls Avenue At-grade intersection; west end of freeway
30.50 6th Street – Beaumont Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
30.50   I-10 east – Indio, Phoenix East end of SR 60/Moreno Valley Freeway; I-10 exit 93
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along I-215 rather than SR 60.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Exit numbers follow I-215 rather than SR 60.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b California Department of Transportation (July 2007). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. 
  2. ^ California Department of Transportation; California State Transportation Agency (January 2015). 2014 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California. Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. p. 48. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 30, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ California State Legislature. "Section 250–257". Streets and Highways Code. Sacramento: California State Legislature. Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: Los Angeles, CA (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
    Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: Riverside–San Bernardino, CA (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  5. ^ Natzke, Stefan; Neathery, Mike & Adderly, Kevin (June 20, 2012). "What is the National Highway System?". National Highway System. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ Link to California 62 article at Westcoastroads. November 2000 photo of the Morongo Valley U.S. 60 sign on Hess Boulevard is near the bottom of the page
  7. ^ Pugmire, Lance; Sahagun, Louis (April 14, 2004). "Girl Survives 10 Days After Crash Killed Mom Child is found with woman's body and car near bottom of canyon". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ Hutchinson, Bill (April 15, 2004). "How Miracle Girl Survived". The New York Daily News. 
  9. ^ Madigan, Nick (April 15, 2004). "5-Year-Old's Survival Tale of 10 Days Alone, Her Mother Dead". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ "11 miles of carpool lanes on the 60 Freeway formally open Thursday". October 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Tanker fire: Westbound 60 freeway now open, official says". Los Angeles Times. December 17, 2011. 
  12. ^ Lloyd, Jonathan; Guinyard, Toni; Murphy, Sean. "Bridge to Be Demolished After Tanker Fire". KNSD. 
  13. ^ Lemon Avenue interchange opens
  14. ^ "SR-57 / SR-60 Confluence at Grand Avenue Project - Diamond Bar, CA". www.diamondbarca.gov. 
  15. ^ "Beaumont Breaks Ground On Potrero Interchange". February 2, 2018. 
  16. ^ a b California Department of Transportation. "State Truck Route List". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (XLS file) on June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  17. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  18. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, State Route 60 Freeway Interchanges, Retrieved on 2009-02-05.
  19. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, Interstate 215 Freeway Interchanges Northbound and Interstate 215 Freeway Interchanges Southbound, Retrieved on 2009-02-05.
  20. ^ "Lemon Avenue / SR-60 Interchange". City of Diamond Bar. City of Diamond Bar. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 
  21. ^ "State Route 60/Lemon Avenue Interchange" (PDF). Caltrans. January 2008. p. vii. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Lemon Avenue westbound onramp and eastbound off and onramp opening opening and Brea Canyon Road eastbound offramp closing". City of Diamond Bar. 2018. 
  23. ^ a b "Caltrans District 8: 60-91-215 Interchange Project". 

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