CORONA – The Riverside (91) Freeway in Corona will be partially shut down tonight, for the second consecutive night, to enable crews to work on several sections of the east-west artery as part of an ongoing expansion project.
According to the Riverside County Transportation Commission, the eastbound 91 will be closed for demolition of the old Maple Street bridge. The freeway will be shut down at Maple, beginning at 10:30 p.m., and will not re-open until noon Sunday, according to RCTC. The original span has been replaced with another overcrossing.
The Maple Street detour will force motorists off the 91 and onto Paseo Grande, where they can re-connect to the artery in Corona.
On Friday night, the eastbound 91 was closed at Interstate 15 to free crews to pour concrete for the new connector ramp at the interchange.
The westbound 91 will remain open tonight, though one to two traffic lanes will be closed during the demolition work as a precaution.
The work in Corona coincides with the “91 Weekend Shift,” which entails repaving the east- and westbound 91 Express lanes over a 10-mile span – from the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway to the Corona (71) Expressway. The eastbound 91 Express lanes will be shut down for resurfacing between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. No paving is scheduled for the westbound side of the 91 until next month.
Real-time traffic information will be available during the closures at IE511.org, according to RCTC.
All of the work in Corona is part the $1.3 billion “91 Project Fast Forward.” Officials said expanded freeway surfaces should be available for use in the first half of next year.
The 91 project began in early 2014 and involves widening the east-west corridor between the Orange County line and Interstate 15, with new traffic lanes and ramps, as well as additional shoulder space and expanded surface streets in the vicinity of the freeway.