Pull Over, Carmageddon. Sit Down, Coronageddon. It's Time For The '60 Swarm.'
Los Angeles knows how to sell a dramatic freeway closure. And with "Carmageddon" (2011) and "Coronageddon" (2016) we witnessed the worst of the traffic apocalypses. Or at least, we thought we had — until now.
The "60 Swarm" has arrived.
From Monday, July 22 until early November(!!?!?!) the 60 Freeway will be experiencing closures as it undergoes $157.5 million in changes.
Two construction projects are being carried out simultaneously in the same area, hence the grouping and disaster movie-style nickname.
The first project will resurface and repave 18 miles of lanes and deteriorating pavement from Euclid Avenue in Ontario to the junction of 60/91/215. The second project will repair three bridges.
While the two previous -geddons and their spinoffs, were all relatively short-lived, the 60 Swarm is scheduled for 15 weeks. Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga told LAist this is going to be different because of its unprecedented, lengthy duration. "Pretty much Carmageddon and Coronageddon on steroids," she said.
Details of the closure are as follows:
- July 22 to November (the duration of the project): nightly closures of select lanes between Euclid Avenue and the 60/91/215 junction from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- July 26 to Sept. 23: weekend closures of all eastbound lanes and entrance and exit ramps between I-15 and the 60/91/215 junction from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday (excludes Labor Day weekend).
- Sept. 28 to Nov. 18: weekend closures of all westbound lanes and entrance and exit ramps from the junction of 60/91/215 to I-15 from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday (excludes Veterans Day).
- Five lanes will be available in each direction during daytime west of I-15, although the speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph.
- Motorists are advised to use alternative routes such as I-10, I-15, SR 210 and SR 91.
- For those who would like to receive construction notifications or more information, a 60 Swarm hotline has been set up at (833)-60-SWARM.
- For additional updates, you can follow the Caltrans District 8 Twitter feed.
Good thing we've already compiled a list of the busiest freeways to avoid on your morning and evening commutes exactly for times like this.
And, anyway, the 60 Swarm won't kill us. It'll (probably) only make us stronger and more patient drivers. Besides, 15 weeks is not even that long (right?). If it makes you feel better, it's only 0.29 years.