'Coronageddon' Arrives This Weekend With Six Mile Closure Of The 91 Freeway
A busy stretch of freeway in Corona will close for 55 hours this weekend as crews demolish part of an overpass and improve the roadway.“Coronageddon”—as the closure has been dubbed—will shut down six miles of the 91 freeway, starting at 9 p.m. Friday and ending 4 a.m. Monday. Riverside County transportation officials say the best detours are the 57 and 60 as well as the 10, 210, 215 and 605. And while the 71 and 15 will remain open, officials say to steer clear if you plan on traveling through the area this weekend.
"The farthest you can stay away from this area will be the best," Eliza Perez at the Riverside County Transportation Commission, told KPCC. "Although the 71 and the I-15 will be open, it will experience three- to four-hour delays, anticipated."
And while they created a video for the closure, sadly it's nothing compared to Mayor Garcetti's "101 Slow Jam."
But if you still need to travel through that stretch anyway, you might want to consider taking the train and using Metrolink's two-for-one promotion for commuters. The deal is available on Saturday and Sunday.
The closure will allow crews to demolish a portion of the Maple Street Bridge over the 91, add support beams for a new ramp bridge, and pave a new section of the eastbound 91. They'll also be conducting minor repairs and cleanup on the roadway.
This weekend's "Coronageddon" is part of a $1.4 billion "91 Project," which aims to alleviate traffic on the busy roadway. They plan also plan to add regular lanes and tolled express lanes and connectors. So, you can expect more construction in the coming months after this weekend.
As a major artery between Orange County and the Inland Empire, this stretch of the 91, also known as the Riverside Freeway, sees roughly 280,000 trips a day by motorists, according to the L.A. Times.