Weekend project to close part of the 91 Freeway – NBC Los Angeles

A major road closure that was postponed in Riverside County earlier this month because of strong winds is ready to roll.

All westbound lanes on the 91 Freeway are scheduled to be closed along an approximately 2-mile stretch of the road in east Corona starting Friday at 9 p.m. until early Sunday morning.

The project was scheduled for last weekend but strong gusts of wind raised safety concerns.

Here’s what you should know.

What you should know about the 91 freeway closure

  • When: Friday 9 p.m. to Sunday 5 a.m.
  • Where: The westbound 91 Freeway from North McKinley Street to Main Street will be completely closed to traffic. The westbound McKinley Street ramp to the westbound 91 Freeway will also be closed. Expect multiple lane closures on the eastbound 91 Freeway to facilitate work.
  • Why: Crews are placing support structures over the freeway for the 15/91 Freeway Express Lanes Connector Project. The $270 million 15/91 Express Lanes Connector project started last April. It involves building a transition between toll lanes on Freeway 91 and toll lanes on I-15. Completion is expected in mid-2023.

A map of the 91 Freeway project in Corona.

Alternate routes for the Project 91 Freeway

Drivers should consider other routes to get from Riverside to Corona on the westbound 91 Freeway.

Options include exiting the freeway at McKinley and crossing northbound onto the Hidden Valley Parkway, which leads to Interstate 15. From there, drivers can head south on I-15 and rejoin the westbound Freeway 91 via the transition bridge at Interchange 15/91, officials said.

Drivers can also exit at McKinley and use Magnolia Avenue, which is in front of 91 and takes them all the way to downtown Corona, where they can rejoin the freeway.

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