LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A planned 55-hour closure of both sides of the 91 Freeway continues Sunday between Interstate 15 and the 71 Expressway to accommodate construction activity.
Victor Carlos and his family rode their bikes all the way from Yorba Linda to see the mess of Coronageddon, but were less than impressed by the lack of traffic.
“We thought it would be exciting, but it’s kind of boring, everyone stayed home, they listened,” Carlos said.
The freeway shutdown on Friday night for 55 hours in order to demolish the west side of the Maple Street Bridge and to begin putting up support structures for a ramp being built over the 91.
So far, officials say they’re right on schedule.
Already dozens of huge steel beams have been welded into place and the bridge demolition has already started.
“What I’ve heard is they’re trying to do more this weekend and reduce the number of weekend closures they have to do, so I think all in all, it’s a good thing,” Yorba Linda resident Brian Powell said.
City officials still say people should avoid the area and check traffic on alternate routes before leaving home.
To encourage people to stay home, they’ve even come up with a contest on social media.
Whoever submits the best ‘staycation’ photo can win a number of prizes from local businesses.
Corona resident Christopher Barr said thinks, “there was enough warning so people have changed their plans to stay away and I think so far, it’s pretty good.”
There is also a list of the top 55 things to do in Corona during the 55-hour shutdown.
One thing the CHP says defintely not to do is to play on the vacant freeway — it is very dangerouss, and you will get in trouble.
Some ways to get around the closure — you can take the 10, 210, 57, or the 60.
No matter what, officials say, the freeway will reopen Monday at 4am.