California State Route 60

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State Route 60 marker

State Route 60
Route information
Defined by S&HC § 360
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 70 mi[1] (113 km)
Existed: 1964 – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑5 / I‑10 / US 101 in Los Angeles
  I‑710 in East Los Angeles
I‑605 in Industry
SR 57 in Diamond Bar
SR 71 in Pomona
I‑15 in Jurupa Valley
SR 91 / I‑215 in Riverside
East end: I‑10 in Beaumont
Highway system
SR 59 SR 61

State Route 60 is a state highway in the U.S. state of California. It runs from Interstate 10 near the Los Angeles River in Los Angeles east to I-10 in Riverside County, with overlaps at State Route 57 and Interstate 215.

Route description[edit]

This route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System.[2]

Route 60 serves the cities and communities on the eastern side of the Los Angeles metropolitan area and runs along the south side of the San Gabriel Valley. The west terminus of the freeway is at the East Los Angeles Interchange complex. The east terminus is at the junction with Interstate 10 (I-10) in Beaumont. The freeway is known as the Pomona Freeway west of its junction with State Route 91 and Interstate 215 in Riverside. East of this interchange the freeway is known as the Moreno Valley Freeway until its terminus at its junction with Interstate 10. The freeway shares the alignment of the Orange Freeway, State Route 57 for some 2 miles (3.2 km) in Diamond Bar and also shares the alignment of Interstate 215 for about 5 miles (8.0 km) in Riverside. The route takes its number from former U.S. Route 60.

Pomona Freeway[edit]

Pomona Freeway in the foreground, with Phillips Ranch, and Mt. San Antonio in the background

The Pomona Freeway is the assigned name Route 60 (SR 60) between its western terminus at the East Los Angeles Interchange complex and its junction with the Riverside Freeway, State Route 91 (SR 91) and Interstate 215 (I-215) in Riverside.

It traverses Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties. As it passes through many of Los Angeles' east side suburbs in southern San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, it is a major transportation corridor. For the majority of its length it is generally parallel to, and south of, the San Bernardino Freeway, Interstate 10 (I-10), and generally parallel to, and north of, the Riverside Freeway, California State Route 91. Traffic congestion is exacerbated by the rapid population growth and, therefore, residential, commercial, and industrial development in the inland communities known informally as the Inland Empire. In particular, it has become increasingly clogged of late with shipping container-laden trucks travelling from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to rail yards and warehouses in the Inland Empire.

Moreno Valley Freeway[edit]

The Moreno Valley Freeway is a freeway segment of State Route 60 and Interstate 215, connecting Riverside to communities further east in the Inland Empire and (via Interstate 10) to the Coachella Valley. Its western terminus is at the intersection of the Pomona (State Route 60) and Riverside Freeways (State Route 91 and Interstate 215), near downtown Riverside. The freeway is cosigned as State Route 60 and Interstate 215 for several miles in Riverside, traveling southeast, until the border between Riverside and Moreno Valley, where Interstate 215 branches southward as the Escondido Freeway, and State Route 60 (maintaining the Moreno Valley Freeway designation) branches eastward for approximately 20 miles (32 km). East of Moreno Valley, Route 60 technically loses its freeway status and becomes an expressway (because Caltrans has not yet found the money to close off all driveways and rebuild all at-grade intersections as grade-separated interchanges). After passing through Moreno Valley and the rugged hill country to the east (known as the Badlands to the locals), Route 60 ends at Interstate 10 in Beaumont.

As a result of the rapid development of the Inland Empire since the 1980s, the Moreno Valley Freeway now suffers from severe traffic congestion. The northwestern section that is concurrently signed with Interstate 215 recently underwent significant construction to improve traffic flow.

History[edit]

Pomona Freeway (N) and 57N Interchange, with Grand Ave. exit (exit 24B) for Mt. San Antonio College, Chino Hills, and Diamond Bar visible

Before 1964, U.S. 60 ran from Los Angeles to the Arizona state line, where it continued its nationwide trek, often overlapping U.S. 99 and U.S. 70 along the way. The advent of Interstate 10 created a situation where, at one point, four different signed routes would run along the state-maintained highway.

In 1964, California implemented a plan to simplify its highway-numbering system, where one state highway had only one route number and concurrencies were sternly discouraged. As a result, the U.S. 60 designation (along with U.S. 70 and U.S. 99) was removed. Interstate 10 (as Route 10) superseded U.S. 60's alignment from Beaumont and towards the Arizona state line, even though the routing was only partly a freeway. This left the officially designated Route 60 from Beaumont to Los Angeles orphaned from its original U.S. Highway (which to this day begins at a point on Interstate 10 east of Quartzsite, Arizona). This new Route 60 was provisionally signed as a U.S. Highway since the designation would guide motorists from Los Angeles to Arizona in the absence of a completed freeway for Interstate 10; when all of Route 10 was upgraded to a freeway, the U.S. Highway designation disappeared.

At least one California highway sign managed to be overlooked for many years afterward. A sign on Hess Boulevard at California State Route 62 in the unincorporated town of Morongo Valley pointing not to Interstate 10 but to U.S. 60 (with evidence of the sign having pointed to both U.S. 70 and U.S. 99 as well) stood through the early 2000s. It has since been removed.[3]

The stretch of Route 60 along the Moreno Valley Freeway made national headlines in April 2004, when five-year-old Ruby Bustamante of Indio and her 26-year-old mother, Norma, were reported missing. Their car had left the road, apparently unwitnessed, between the gap in two guard rails on April 4. It then crashed underneath a tree in a deep ravine. Though Mrs. Bustamante lost her life, presumably at the moment of impact, Ruby survived on her own for ten days on cups of uncooked Top Ramen noodles and bottles of Gatorade which were in the car.

On December 14, 2011, a tanker truck carrying 8,800 gallons of gasoline caught fire and exploded on the Pomona Freeway in Montebello, causing Caltrans to have to rebuild the Paramount Boulevard overpass.[4]

Exit list[edit]

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment that existed at the time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, M indicates a second realignment, L refers an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see the list of postmile definitions).[5] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.

County Location Postmile
[5][6][7]
Exit
[8][9]
Destinations Notes
Los Angeles
LA 0.00-R30.46
Los Angeles 0.00 1 I‑10 west (Santa Monica Freeway) – Santa Monica Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; west end of SR 60
0.04 1A Mateo Street, Santa Fe Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.38 1B Soto Street No eastbound exit
R0.55 1A I‑5 south (Santa Ana Freeway) – Santa Ana Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
R0.55 1C I‑5 north (Golden State Freeway) / US 101 north (Santa Ana Freeway) – Los Angeles, Sacramento Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
R1.48 1D Whittier Boulevard, Lorena Street Signed as exit 1B eastbound; Whittier Boulevard is former US 101
R1.94 2 Indiana Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
R2.59 3A Downey Road
R3.27 3B I‑710 (Long Beach Freeway) – Pasadena, Long Beach
Monterey Park R4.43 4 Atlantic Boulevard
Montebello R5.16 6A Findlay Avenue Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
R5.89 6B Garfield Avenue, Wilcox Avenue Signed as exit 6 westbound
R7.77 8 Paramount Boulevard – Montebello
Rosemead R8.55 9 San Gabriel BoulevardRosemead
9.51 10A SR 19 (Rosemead Boulevard)
South El Monte 10.23 10B Santa Anita Avenue – South El Monte
11.01 11 Peck Road
Industry 11.71 12 I‑605 (San Gabriel River Freeway)
12.63 13 Crossroads Parkway
14.26 14 Seventh Avenue – Industry Signed as exits 14A (south) and 14B (north) eastbound
15.93 16 Hacienda Boulevard Former SR 39
17.97 18 Azusa Avenue (CR N8)
19.46 19 Fullerton Road
20.43 20 Nogales Street
R21.48 21 Fairway Drive – Walnut
Diamond Bar R22.97 23 Brea Canyon Road
R23.56 24A SR 57 south (Orange Freeway) – Santa Ana West end of SR 57 overlap
R24.45 24B Grand Avenue – Diamond Bar
R25.46 25 SR 57 north (Orange Freeway) East end of SR 57 overlap; westbound exit is via exit 26
R25.56 26 Diamond Bar Boulevard
Pomona R28.04 28 Phillips Ranch Road
R29.39 29A SR 71 (Chino Valley Freeway) – Pomona, Corona Signed as exit 29B westbound; eastbound exit to SR 71 north is via exit 29B
R29.39 29B Garey Avenue Signed as exit 29A westbound
R30.33 30 Reservoir Street
San Bernardino
R0.00-R9.96
Chino R1.37 32 Ramona Avenue
R2.37 33 Central Avenue
R3.60 34 Mountain Avenue
Ontario R4.58 35 SR 83 (Euclid Avenue) – Ontario
R5.86 36 Grove Avenue – Ontario Airport
R6.86 37 Vineyard Avenue
R7.87 38 Archibald Avenue
R8.91 39 Haven Avenue – Ontario Airport
San BernardinoRiverside
county line
R9.96 40 Milliken Avenue, Hamner Avenue Signed as exit 41A westbound; former SR 31
Riverside
R0.00-30.50
  R0.49 41 I‑15 (Ontario Freeway) – Barstow, San Diego Signed as exit 41B westbound
  R1.99 42 Van Buren Boulevard, Etiwanda Avenue, Mission Boulevard
  R3.03 43 Country Village Road, Mission Boulevard (SR 60 Bus. east)
  R4.55 45 Pedley Road
  R5.58 46 Pyrite Street
Rubidoux 7.53 48 Valley Way, Mission Boulevard (SR 60 Bus.) – Rubidoux
9.56 50 Rubidoux Boulevard – Rubidoux
Riverside 11.07 52A Market Street – Downtown Riverside
11.73 52B Main Street
R12.06 53A SR 91 west (Riverside Freeway) – Riverside, Beach Cities Signed as exit 34B westbound; former US 91 south
R12.21
43.27[N 1]
53B I‑215 north (Riverside Freeway) – San Bernardino, Barstow West end of I-215 overlap; no exit number westbound; former I-15E north / US 91 north / US 395 north
42.84[N 1] 34A Spruce Street Closed[10]
42.16[N 1] 33 3rd Street, Blaine Street
41.49[N 1] 32 University Avenue (SR 60 Bus. west)
40.98[N 1] 31 Martin Luther King Boulevard
40.28[N 1] 31 El Cerrito Drive Closed[10]
39.48[N 1] 30B Watkins Drive, Central Avenue
R38.92[N 1] 30A Fair Isle Drive – Box Springs No westbound exit from I-215 north
R38.34[N 1]
R12.21
58 I‑215 south (Escondido Freeway) – San Diego East end of I-215 overlap; no exit number eastbound; former I-15E south / US 395 south
Moreno Valley 13.31 59 Day Street
14.32 60 Frederick Street, Pigeon Pass Road (SR 60 Bus. via Sunnymead Boulevard)
15.34 61 Heacock Street
16.35 62 Perris Boulevard
18.37 64 Nason Street
19.20 65 Moreno Beach Drive
20.37 66 Redlands Boulevard – Moreno
21.37 67 Theodore Street
22.10 68 Gilman Springs Road – Hemet, San Jacinto Former SR 177
27.98 74 Jack Rabbit Trail Interchange eastbound; at-grade intersection westbound; no exit number westbound
Beaumont   East end of freeway
  West end of freeway
30.50 6th Street - Beaumont Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
30.50 I‑10 east – Indio Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; east end of SR 60
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along I-215 rather than SR 60.

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External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing