The city of Beaumont is experiencing a period of accelerated growth and development. Therefore possible improvements of State Route 60 must be investigated in order to provide adequate service to the City of Beaumont.
The City of Beaumont’s general plan includes new development in the areas surrounding State Route 60, including industrial, residential, and urban village sectors. This project is considered as a Category 3 Project as stated in the Caltrans Project Development Procedures Manual. The project will take place on a previously constructed non-controlled access route and new right of way will likely be required.
Caltrans District 8 in partnership with the city of Beaumont proposes to improve the existing mainline of State Route 60 and the intersection at State Route 60 and Jack Rabbit Trail. The current roadway conditions cannot adequately accommodate the increase in passenger car and truck traffic by the year 2040. The project will include the improvement of frontage roads and a preliminary layout for the local street system. Presented herein are 3 build alternatives and a no-build alternative that meets Caltrans highway design standards.
The SR-60 is located within the City of Beaumont in Riverside County, California. It is located approximately 65 miles south east of the City of Los Angeles. SR-60 is a major east-west transportation route within the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties. It is an integral part of the freeway network for the Southern California metropolitan area. SR-60 is functionally classified as an urban principal arterial, although the segment within the project area is currently designated as rural. The entire route is considered a priority global gateway trade corridor for movement of international trade. It is also a Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) Route for use by oversized trucks. The segment of SR-60 within the project limits contain two mixed flow lanes in each direction and an unpaved median. It connects Moreno Valley with coastal cities and the greater Los Angeles area to the west, and the communities of Moreno Valley, Banning, the cities of Coachella Valley, and beyond to the east. Its westerly terminus is located at the East Los Angeles Interchange complex, where it intersects with Interstate 5 (I-5), Interstate 10 (I-10), and US Route 101 (US-101). Its easterly terminus is located at its junction with I-10 in the City of Beaumont.