California State Route 60

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State Route 60 marker

State Route 60
SR 60 highlighted in red
Route information
Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 360
Maintained by Caltrans
Length76 mi[1] (122 km)
Major junctions
West end I-5 / I-10 / US 101 in Los Angeles
East end I-10 in Beaumont
CountiesLos Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside
Highway system
US 60SR 61

State Route 60 (SR 60) is an east-west state highway in the U.S. state of California. It 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. It functions as a bypass route of Interstate 10 (I-10) through the area between the East Los Angeles Interchange in Los Angeles and Beaumont. SR 60 provides a route across several spurs of the Peninsular Ranges, linking the Los Angeles Basin with the Pomona Valley and San Gabriel Valley. The highway also overlaps at State Route 57 and Interstate 215.

Route description[edit]

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

SR 60 begins at the East Los Angeles Interchange near downtown Los Angeles, designated as the Pomona Freeway. The freeway heads east from the junction after splitting off from the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10) and passes through East Los Angeles, intersecting the Long Beach Freeway (I-710). Continuing east through the southern San Gabriel Valley, SR 60 passes through many cities and communities, intersecting the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) in the City of Industry. It proceeds to an overlap with the Orange Freeway (SR 57) in Diamond Bar, right on the edge of the San Gabriel Valley.

A short overlap carries SR 60 traffic on the same roadway as SR 57. The two routes head northeast through an arm of the San Gabriel Valley; after they split, SR 60 ascends slightly and then slopes through the Puente Hills and into the Pomona Valley. Continuing east, SR 60 intersects the Chino Valley Freeway (SR 71) in Pomona, the Ontario Freeway (I-15) in Jurupa Valley, and the Riverside Freeway (SR 91/I-215) in Riverside, California.

A short overlap carries SR 60 traffic on the same roadway as I-215. The two routes head southeast; after this, SR 60 is designated as the Moreno Valley Freeway. The freeway runs through communities further east in the Inland Empire. After passing through Moreno Valley, SR 60 runs through the rugged hill country to the east (known as the Badlands to the locals). After that, SR 60 downgrades to an expressway, and has with several at-grade interchanges with local roads. Finally, in Beaumont, SR 60 ends and merges into the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway (I-10).

SR 60 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. As a result of the rapid development of the Inland Empire since the 1980s, the Moreno Valley Freeway now suffers from severe traffic congestion. In the mid-2000s, the northwestern section that is concurrently signed with Interstate 215 underwent significant construction to improve traffic flow, but it still suffers from heavy congestion.

The freeway is known as the Pomona Freeway from its western terminus to its junction with State Route 91 and Interstate 215 in Riverside, and the Moreno Valley Freeway east of this interchange until its eastern terminus at its junction with Interstate 10.[2] The route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System,[3] and is part of the National Highway System,[4] a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.[5]


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

The route takes its number from former US 60, which now begins near Brenda, Arizona and terminates on the east coast at Virginia Beach, Virginia. Before 1964, US 60 ran from Los Angeles to the Arizona state line, where it continued its nationwide trek, often overlapping US 99 and US 70 along the way. The advent of I-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 strongly discouraged. As a result, the US 60 designation (along with US 70 and US 99) was removed. I-10 (as Route 10) superseded US 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 I-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 I-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 SR 62 in the unincorporated town of Morongo Valley pointed not to I-10 but to US 60 (with evidence of the sign having pointed to both US 70 and US 99 as well) stood through the early 2000s; it has since been removed.[citation needed]

The stretch of SR 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.[6][7][8]

In 1998, the HOV lanes between SR 57 and I-15 opened.[9] In 2005, construction of an HOV lane started between I-605 and Redlands Boulevard in two phases.[10] The construction was finished in 2010 from I-605 to SR 57, and in 2008 from I-15 to Redlands Boulevard. The Grand Avenue (exit 24B) interchange went through some major construction during this period as well, which included adding a direct HOV connector to SR 57 and an alternate route for SR 60 west to exit Brea Canyon Road (exit 23). There are no plans to construct the HOV lanes from I-605 to the East Los Angeles Interchange or from Redlands Boulevard to I-10 at this time.

On December 14, 2011, a tanker truck carrying 8,800 US gallons (33,000 l) of gasoline caught fire and exploded on the Pomona Freeway in Montebello; this caused Caltrans to rebuild the Paramount Boulevard overpass.[11][12] Shortly after the rebuilding of the bridge, Caltrans did widening work on Paramount Boulevard's exit and entrance ramps to accommodate the new bridge and installed new traffic signals. There is also a new connection to the new Monterey Park Market Place via Neil Armstrong Street, a joint venture between the cities of Monterey Park and Montebello, which can be accessed through Paramount Boulevard.

In mid-2016, Caltrans started to construct a partial interchange at Lemon Avenue (to Brea Canyon Road) with no westbound exit. The project finished in late-2018. On May 1, 2018, the Lemon Avenue eastbound off-ramp exit and westbound on-ramp were opened. Also, on May 1, 2018, the eastbound off-ramp exit on Brea Canyon Road was removed.[13]


Moreno Valley to Beaumont[edit]

In order to increase safety through the Badlands corridor between Moreno Valley and Beaumont, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) is partnering with Caltrans to complete a $138 million project to add a truck climbing lane in each direction between Gilman Springs Road and Jack Rabbit Trail. Construction began in summer 2019.[14]

There are plans to convert SR 60 from the Jack Rabbit trail exit to its eastern terminus (I-10) to a full freeway. These plans are only in the environmental phase and have not been approved by Caltrans to begin construction.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the future Potrero Boulevard interchange near the Jack Rabbit Trail exit of SR 60 on February 1, 2018. It is planned to be Exit 75.[15][16]

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).[17] 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.

Los Angeles
LA 0.00-R30.46
Los Angeles0.001A I-10 west (Santa Monica Freeway) – Santa MonicaWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; west end of SR 60/Pomona Freeway; I-10 east exit 16B
0.041BSanta Fe Avenue, Mateo StreetWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
R0.551A I-5 south (Santa Ana Freeway) – Santa AnaEastbound exit only; I-5 north exit 134 goes directly to I-10 west
1C US 101 north (Santa Ana Freeway) / Soto Street – Los AngelesWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
R0.551E I-5 north (Golden State Freeway) – SacramentoWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-5 south exit 134A
R1.481DWhittier Boulevard, Lorena StreetSigned as exit 1B eastbound; Whittier Boulevard was former US 101
Los AngelesEast Los Angeles lineR1.942Indiana StreetWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
East Los AngelesR2.593ADowney Road
R3.273B I-710 (Long Beach Freeway) – Long Beach, Valley BoulevardI-710 north exit 20A, south exit 20B
Monterey ParkR4.434Atlantic Boulevard
Monterey ParkMontebello lineR5.166AFindlay AvenueEastbound exit and westbound entrance
R5.896BGarfield Avenue, Wilcox AvenueSigned as exit 6 westbound
MontebelloR7.778Paramount Boulevard – Montebello
RosemeadR8.559San Gabriel Boulevard – Rosemead
9.5110A SR 19 (Rosemead Boulevard)
South El Monte10.2310BSanta Anita Avenue – South El Monte
11.0111Peck Road
Industry11.7112 I-605 (San Gabriel River Freeway)I-605 exit 19; No control cities listed on route
12.6313Crossroads Parkway
Hacienda Heights14.2614Seventh Avenue – IndustrySigned as exits 14A (south) and 14B (north) eastbound
15.9316Hacienda BoulevardFormer SR 39
IndustryHacienda Heights line17.9718Azusa Avenue (CR N8)Proposed route of future SR 39
Rowland HeightsIndustry line19.4619Fullerton Road
20.4320Nogales Street
IndustryR21.4821Fairway Drive – Walnut
Diamond Bar22.3922Lemon Avenue to Brea Canyon RoadNo westbound exit[21][22][23]
R22.9723Brea Canyon RoadWestbound exit (via SR 60 alternate) and eastbound entrance only
Diamond BarIndustry lineR23.5624A SR 57 south (Orange Freeway) – Santa AnaWest end of SR 57 overlap; SR 57 north exit 16
SR 57 southHOV access only; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
R24.4524BGrand Avenue – Diamond Bar
Diamond BarR25.4625 SR 57 north (Orange Freeway)East end of SR 57 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; westbound to northbound access is via exit 26
R25.5626Diamond Bar Boulevard
PomonaR28.0428Phillips Ranch Road
R29.3929A SR 71 (Chino Valley Freeway) – Pomona, CoronaSigned as exit 29B westbound; eastbound exit to SR 71 north is via exit 29B; SR 71 north exits 12A-B, south exits 12-13; westbound exit for SR 71 north also includes direct exit ramp to Rio Rancho Road
R29.3929BGarey AvenueSigned as exit 29A westbound
R30.3330Reservoir Street
San Bernardino
SBD R0.00-R9.96
ChinoR1.3732Ramona Avenue
R2.3733Central Avenue
ChinoOntario lineR3.6034Mountain Avenue
OntarioR4.5835 SR 83 (Euclid Avenue) – Ontario
R5.8636 Grove Avenue – Ontario Airport
R6.8637Vineyard Avenue
R7.8738Archibald Avenue
R8.9139 Haven Avenue – Ontario Airport
San BernardinoRiverside
county line
OntarioEastvale lineR9.9640Milliken Avenue, Hamner AvenueSigned as exit 41A westbound; former SR 31
RIV R0.00-30.50
EastvaleJurupa Valley lineR0.4941 I-15 (Ontario Freeway) – Barstow, San DiegoSigned as exit 41B westbound; I-15 south exit 106, north exits 106A-B
Jurupa ValleyR1.9942Van Buren Boulevard, Etiwanda Avenue, Mission Boulevard
R3.0343Country Village Road, Mission Boulevard
R4.5545Pedley Road
R5.5846Pyrite Street
7.5348Valley Way, Mission Boulevard – Rubidoux
9.5650Rubidoux Boulevard – Rubidoux
Riverside11.0752AMarket Street – Downtown Riverside
11.7352BMain StreetFormer US 91 / US 395
R12.0653A SR 91 west (Riverside Freeway) – Riverside, Beach CitiesSigned as exit 34B westbound; former US 91 south; east end of Pomona Freeway; SR 91 exits 65B-C
43.27[N 1]
53B I-215 north (Riverside Freeway) – San Bernardino, BarstowWest end of I-215 overlap; no exit number westbound; former I-15E north / US 91 north / US 395 north; I-215 exit 34C
42.84[N 1]34A[N 2]Spruce StreetClosed[24]
42.16[N 1]33[N 2]3rd Street, Blaine Street
41.49[N 1]32[N 2]University AvenueFormer US 395
40.98[N 1]31[N 2]Martin Luther King Boulevard
40.28[N 1]31[N 2]El Cerrito DriveClosed[24]
39.48[N 1]30B[N 2]Watkins Drive, Central Avenue
R38.92[N 1]30A[N 2]Fair Isle Drive – Box SpringsWestbound exit from SR 60 before merging with I-215 north; no direct access from I-215 north
R38.34[N 1]
58 I-215 south (Escondido Freeway) – San DiegoEast end of I-215 overlap; former I-15E south / US 395 south; I-215 exit 29
RiversideMoreno Valley line13.3159Day Street
Moreno Valley14.3260Frederick Street, Pigeon Pass RoadTo SR 60 Business, former US 60 east
15.3461Heacock Street
16.3562Perris Boulevard
18.3764Nason Street
19.2065Moreno Beach Drive
20.3766Redlands Boulevard – Moreno
21.3767Theodore StreetWill be renamed World Logistics Center Parkway[25]
22.1068Gilman Springs Road – Hemet, San JacintoFormer SR 177
Beaumont27.9874Jack Rabbit TrailEast end of freeway; interchange eastbound, at-grade intersection westbound; no exit number westbound
75Potrero BoulevardFuture interchange[26]
Western Knolls AvenueAt-grade intersection; west end of freeway
30.50936th Street – BeaumontEastbound exit and westbound entrance; exit number follows I-10
30.50 I-10 east – IndioEast end of SR 60/Moreno Valley Freeway; I-10 exit 93
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.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Exit numbers follow I-215 rather than SR 60.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b California Department of Transportation (July 2007). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation.
  2. ^ California Department of Transportation; California State Transportation Agency (January 2015). 2014 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California. Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. p. 48. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 30, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  3. ^ "Article 2 of Chapter 2 of Division 1 of the California Streets and Highways Code". Sacramento: California Office of Legislative Counsel. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: Los Angeles, CA (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
    Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: Riverside–San Bernardino, CA (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Natzke, Stefan; Neathery, Mike & Adderly, Kevin (June 20, 2012). "What is the National Highway System?". National Highway System. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Pugmire, Lance; Sahagun, Louis (April 14, 2004). "Girl Survives 10 Days After Crash Killed Mom Child is found with woman's body and car near bottom of canyon". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Hutchinson, Bill (April 15, 2004). "How Miracle Girl Survived". The New York Daily News.
  8. ^ Madigan, Nick (April 15, 2004). "5-Year-Old's Survival Tale of 10 Days Alone, Her Mother Dead". The New York Times.
  9. ^ SR 57/SR 60 Improvement plan
  10. ^ "11 miles of carpool lanes on the 60 Freeway formally open Thursday". October 14, 2010.
  11. ^ "Tanker fire: Westbound 60 freeway now open, official says". Los Angeles Times. December 17, 2011.
  12. ^ Lloyd, Jonathan; Guinyard, Toni; Murphy, Sean. "Bridge to Be Demolished After Tanker Fire". KNSD.
  13. ^ Lemon Avenue interchange opens
  14. ^ "RCTC Receives Funding for Truck Lanes on State Route 60". RCTC. August 16, 2018.
  15. ^ "Beaumont Breaks Ground On Potrero Interchange". February 2, 2018.
  16. ^
  17. ^ a b California Department of Transportation. "State Truck Route List". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (XLS file) on June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  18. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  19. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, State Route 60 Freeway Interchanges, Retrieved on 2009-02-05.
  20. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, Interstate 215 Freeway Interchanges Northbound and Interstate 215 Freeway Interchanges Southbound, Retrieved on 2009-02-05.
  21. ^ "Lemon Avenue / SR-60 Interchange". City of Diamond Bar. City of Diamond Bar. Archived from the original on May 5, 2007. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  22. ^ "State Route 60/Lemon Avenue Interchange". Caltrans. January 2008. p. vii. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 8, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  23. ^ "Lemon Avenue westbound onramp and eastbound off and onramp opening opening and Brea Canyon Road eastbound offramp closing". City of Diamond Bar. 2018.
  24. ^ a b "Caltrans District 8: 60-91-215 Interchange Project".
  25. ^
  26. ^

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