Truckers driving trucks weighing more than 7 tons will need to be wary of driving in the City of Duarte during the upcoming I-210 Eastbound freeway closures.
Caltrans will be closing all eastbound lanes on the I-210 Freeway between Irwindale Avenue and the I-605 Freeway starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 until 5 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23.
During that time, there will be enforcement of trucks weighing more than 7 tons driving in the city, officials said. To avoid having trucks driving in the city, Caltrans will inform truckers about the alternate routes, as well as provide signage on the I-605 Freeway and nearby streets.
Trucks weighing more than 7 tons are already prohibited in the city and existing signs are already present on the freeway stating that. The additional signage during the closure will be reemphasizing that point.
Truckers are advised to detour using Interstate 10 or State Route 60, said Eric Menjivar, public information officer for Caltrans – District 7. If they miss those detours, there will be signs advising them to exit the freeway at Ramona Boulevard., Los Angeles Street and Live Oak Avenue, he added.
Menjivar said that California Highway Patrol will be enforcing violations and are scheduled to be on site during the entirety of the freeway closure.
The City of Duarte has also hired overtime deputies from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department to help enforce and cite trucks driving in the city that are unpermitted and weighing over seven tons, said Victoria Rocha, public information officer for the City of Duarte.
Those trucks will be cited for a failure to obey the posted signs, she added.
After the last I-210 Freeway closure – which occurred from July 20 to July 26 – city officials expressed their discontent with the way the closure went at the July 26 city council meeting.
Brian Villalobos, the city’s Public Safety Services director, said many trucks went on Huntington Drive and that Caltrans’ detours didn’t seem to go according to plan.
They ended up hiring overtime deputies to help conduct traffic stops and issued many citations during the entirety of the closure, he added.
Some trucks were in neighborhoods, on Royal Oaks Drive and were doing u-turns on Mount Olive Drive, according to city officials.
Villalobos said California Highway Patrol was called to take a look at the situation and that CHP determined they would make the problem worse by pulling trucks over. He added that the city’s public safety teams plan to take care of enforcement.
“We will be citing,” he said.