Weekend closures to repave the 91 Express Lanes are now completed!
While the major weekend work is done, periodic and off-peak lane closures will be required through March 2017 to finish remaining work on the project. This includes, but is not limited to: erecting six changeable message signs (CMS) and removing the existing CMS signs, restriping, completing electrical work and conducting inspections. The new CMS signs are expected to be activated in January 2017. Again, it’s anticipated this work will largely be conducted at night and during off-peak hours, and require intermittent lane closures of the 91 Express Lanes and #1 regular lane. Remaining lanes on the 91 freeway will remain open to motorists.
While major delays are not expected, alternate freeway routes include State Route 60, Interstate 15, State Route 71, and State Route 57.
91 Express Lanes Scheduled Maintenance Closures
Every third Sunday, Caltrans performs regular maintenance of the 91 Express Lanes. Generally on the scheduled Sunday, the 91 Express Lanes are closed in both directions between the hours of 6 a.m. and 12 p.m. to ensure that proper cleaning and channelizer replacements can be made. When lanes are closed for paving as part of Project, the 91 Express Lanes in the opposite direction will continue to be closed for maintenance at scheduled times.
Below is Caltrans' regularly scheduled maintenance of the 91 Express Lanes.
In the event of rain or other circumstances beyond our control, the scheduled maintenance may be postponed until the following Sunday. However, the next maintenance will be performed according to the regular schedule. Visit the 91 Express Lanes webpage for more information.
Riverside County Transportation Commission SR-91 Closures
The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and project partners are making improvements to the 91 from Corona to Riverside. Construction began in early 2014 and new lanes are expected to open in 2017.
Led by RCTC, the project will add regular lanes, tolled express lanes, auxiliary lanes and direct express lane connectors from the northbound 15 to the westbound 91 and from the eastbound 91 to the southbound 15. Improvements to interchanges, ramps and surface streets also will be made along the 91 corridor.
To learn more about this neighboring project, please visit www.sr91project.info/construction-alerts.
Major weekend work of The 91 Weekend Shift Project is now complete!
Since kicking-off The 91 Weekend Shift Project, and thanks to the support of 91 Express Lanes Customers and 91 Freeway motorists alike, OCTA, Caltrans District 12 and construction crews have safely, efficiently and successfully repaved the 91 Express Lanes over a total of 8 weekends.
While the major weekend work is done, periodic nighttime and off-peak closures are expected through March 2017 to put the finishing touches on the entire project.
For over 20 years, The 91 Express Lanes has helped motorists get to life’s most important destinations and events. Since being acquired by OCTA, The 91 Express Lanes has become a worldwide model for express lanes management and cleared the way for various improvement projects on the 91 Freeway in Orange County.
Starting in mid-September 2016, OCTA in partnership with Caltrans will repave the 91 Express Lanes from about the 55 freeway in Anaheim to the Orange County/Riverside County line. The 91 Express Lanes spans about 10 miles and includes two eastbound lanes and two westbound lanes.
Branded “The 91 Weekend Shift”, repaving is scheduled to occur approximately over 10 consecutive weekends, 5 weekends in each direction and 1 direction at a time. Paving will begin in the eastbound direction from about SR-55 to the county line. Once repaving is finished in the eastbound direction, crews will repave the 91 Express Lanes in the westbound direction, from about the county line to SR-55. The remaining general-purpose lanes on SR-91 in the direction of active paving operations will be open to motorists during the weekend lane reductions.
Each weekend, only in the direction of paving operations, the project will require the closure of the 91 Express Lanes in Orange County, as well as a rolling closure of the adjacent #1 general-purpose lane. Since there are no intermediate ingress or egress areas along the 91 Express Lanes, any closure of the facility will be for the full 10 miles. It is expected that a 2-3 mile length of the Express Lanes will be repaved each weekend and the #1 lane only need to be closed in that area. Further, the limited closure of the #1 general-purpose lane will move along the corridor as the paving operation progresses.
Paid for entirely by the 91 Express Lanes Capital Reserve Fund, this project will extend the pavement’s lifespan for decades to come and motorists will benefit from a safer, smoother commute.
To maximize safety, reduce impact to motorist, and accelerate repaving, the 91 Express Lanes and sections of the #1 general-purpose lane are tentatively scheduled to be closed on the following weekends:
The 91 Weekend Shift Project will cause significant traffic congestion and extended delays!
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