California budget woes may doom interchange, truck bypass

| 7/16/2003

A large interchange project in Southern California that includes a truck bypass may be delayed by California’s continuing budget crisis.

California is in the midst of a significant budget crisis, facing a state deficit of up to $38 billion for the year. State officials have not yet been able to reach an agreement on the budget, due more than a week ago, and significant cuts are expected in many programs.

One of those may end up being the interchange of the Riverside and Pomona freeways, according to a report from The Los Angeles Times. The project – which includes a cloverleaf-style interchange, extended carpool lanes, additional freeway lanes and a truck bypass on the southbound Riverside Freeway – is more than $26 million short of the amount needed to commence work.

The newspaper, quoting state officials, reported that without a working state budget, existing road projects won’t be financed, and new road work will be worse off than that.

The interchange work, on the drawing board for a decade, could be delayed several more years.

The Riverside Freeway, or state Route 91, runs along the Santa Ana River. The PomonaFreeway, or state Route 60, runs from the East Los Angeles Interchange (10/101/5/60) to I-10 at Beaumont, CA. The two roads intersect east of Los Angeles, roughly halfway between the center of the metropolitan area and Palm Springs, CA.