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TRAFFIC ALERT: Full Freeway Closure Planned on I-10 This Week

If you plan on driving on Interstate 10 in the desert, plan ahead for a closure at Date Palm Drive.

The Date Palm Drive overpass and Interstate 10 will be closed overnight this week while a metal fence is installed on the bridge, the county transportation department announced.

The Date Palm freeway overpass will be closed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Feb. 19-21, and Feb. 22 if the work isn't finished, according to the Riverside County Transportation Department.

Interstate 10 will be closed as follows: 

  • Feb. 19, 8 p.m. until 4 a.m.
  • Feb. 20, 9 p.m. until 4 a.m.
  • Feb. 21, 9 p.m. until 4 a.m.
  • Feb. 22- 'contingency closure'

Motorists can use Palm Drive/Gene Autry Trail or Bob Hope Drive to cross over the freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

To continue along I-10 in either direction, drivers will have to exit the freeway at Date Palm offramp, and re-enter at the onramp.

The work is part of a $14.8 million project to widen existing overcrossing on each side at Date Palm, to accommodate a total of six lanes of traffic, including bike lanes on each side, according to the I-10 Coachella Valley Corridor Improvement Projects website.  

The project began in the summer of 2011 and is expected to be completed in early 2013, the site states.

--City News Service contributed to this report.

Laurie February 19, 2013 at 04:13 PM
It's nice to have a heads-up on these occurances. Thank you, Patch! Those fwy updates are needed out there.
Ellen Carr February 19, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Let's hope this doesn't turn into the debacle we experienced the last time!!!!!!

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