State Route 60
|Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 360|
|Maintained by Caltrans|
|Length||76 mi (122 km)|
|West end||I-5 / I-10 / US 101 in Los Angeles|
|East end||I-10 in Beaumont|
|Counties||Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside|
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. Portions of SR 60 are designated as either the Pomona Freeway or the Moreno Valley Freeway.
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 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' eastern 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 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. The route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System, and is part of the National Highway System, a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.
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 several miles 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.
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.
In 1998, the HOV lanes between SR 57 and I-15 opened. In 2005, construction of an HOV lane started between I-605 and Redlands Boulevard in two phases. 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 current plans to construct the HOV lanes from I-605 to the East Los Angeles Interchange or from Redlands Boulevard to I-10.
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. 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 connection to the 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. On May 1, 2018, the Lemon Avenue eastbound off-ramp exit and westbound on-ramp were opened, and the eastbound off-ramp exit to Brea Canyon Road was removed. The project was finished in late 2018.
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.
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.
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 (). 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||0.00||1A||I-10 west (Santa Monica Freeway) – Santa Monica||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; west end of SR 60/Pomona Freeway; I-10 east exit 16B|
|0.04||1B||Santa Fe Avenue, Mateo Street||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|R0.55||1A||I-5 south (Santa Ana Freeway) – Santa Ana||Eastbound exit only; I-5 north exit 134 goes directly to I-10 west|
|1C||US 101 north (Santa Ana Freeway) / Soto Street – Los Angeles||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|R0.55||1E||I-5 north (Golden State Freeway) – Sacramento||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; I-5 south exit 134A|
|R1.48||1D||Whittier Boulevard, Lorena Street||Signed as exit 1B eastbound; Whittier Boulevard was former US 101|
|Los Angeles–East Los Angeles line||R1.94||2||Indiana Street||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|East Los Angeles||R2.59||3A||Downey Road|
|R3.27||3B||I-710 (Long Beach Freeway) – Long Beach, Valley Boulevard||I-710 north exit 20A, south exit 20B|
|Monterey Park||R4.43||4||Atlantic Boulevard|
|Monterey Park–Montebello line||R5.16||6A||Findlay Avenue||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|R5.89||6B||Garfield Avenue, Wilcox Avenue||Signed as exit 6 westbound|
|Rosemead||R8.55||9||San Gabriel Boulevard|
|||9.51||10A||SR 19 (Rosemead Boulevard)|
|South El Monte||10.23||10B||Santa Anita Avenue – South El Monte|
|Industry||11.71||12||I-605 (San Gabriel River Freeway)||I-605 exit 19|
|Hacienda Heights||14.26||14||Seventh Avenue – Industry||Signed as exits 14A (south) and 14B (north) eastbound|
|15.93||16||Hacienda Boulevard||Former SR 39|
|Industry–Hacienda Heights line||17.97||18||Azusa Avenue (CR N8)||Proposed route of future SR 39|
|Rowland Heights–Industry line||19.46||19||Fullerton Road|
|Industry||R21.48||21||Fairway Drive – Walnut|
|Diamond Bar||22.39||22||Lemon Avenue to Brea Canyon Road||No westbound exit|
|R22.97||23||Brea Canyon Road||Westbound exit (via SR 60 alternate) and eastbound entrance only|
|Diamond Bar–Industry line||R23.56||24A||SR 57 south (Orange Freeway) – Santa Ana||West end of SR 57 overlap; SR 57 north exit 16|
|||♦||SR 57 south||HOV access only; westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|Diamond Bar||R25.46||25||SR 57 north (Orange Freeway)||East end of SR 57 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; westbound to northbound access is via exit 26|
|R25.56||26||Diamond Bar Boulevard|
|Pomona||R28.04||28||Phillips Ranch Road|
|R29.39||29A||SR 71 (Chino Valley Freeway) – Pomona, Corona||Signed 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|
|R29.39||29B||Garey Avenue||Signed as exit 29A westbound|
|Chino–Ontario line||R3.60||34||Mountain Avenue|
|Ontario||R4.58||35||SR 83 (Euclid Avenue) – Ontario|
|R5.86||36||Grove Avenue – Ontario Airport|
|R8.91||39||Haven Avenue – Ontario Airport|
|Ontario–Eastvale line||R9.96||40||Milliken Avenue, Hamner Avenue||Signed as exit 41A westbound; former SR 31|
|Eastvale–Jurupa Valley line||R0.49||41||I-15 (Ontario Freeway) – Barstow, San Diego||Signed as exit 41B westbound; I-15 south exit 106, north exits 106A-B|
|Jurupa Valley||R1.99||42||Van Buren Boulevard, Etiwanda Avenue, Mission Boulevard|
|R3.03||43||Country Village Road, Mission Boulevard|
|7.53||48||Valley Way, Mission Boulevard – Rubidoux|
|9.56||50||Rubidoux Boulevard – Rubidoux|
|Riverside||11.07||52A||Market Street – Downtown Riverside|
|11.73||52B||Main Street||Former US 91 / US 395|
|R12.06||53A||SR 91 west (Riverside Freeway) – Riverside, Beach Cities||Signed as exit 34B westbound; former US 91 south; east end of Pomona Freeway; SR 91 exits 65B-C|
|53B||I-215 north (Riverside Freeway) – San Bernardino, Barstow||West end of I-215 overlap; SR 60 west follows I-215 exit 34C; former I-15E north / US 91 north / US 395 north|
|42.16[a]||33[b]||3rd Street, Blaine Street|
|41.49[a]||32[b]||University Avenue||Former US 395|
|40.98[a]||31[b]||Martin Luther King Boulevard|
|40.28[a]||31[b]||El Cerrito Drive||Closed|
|39.48[a]||30B[b]||Watkins Drive, Central Avenue|
|R38.92[a]||30A[b]||Fair Isle Drive – Box Springs||Westbound exit from SR 60 before merging with I-215 north; no direct access from I-215 north|
|58||I-215 south (Escondido Freeway) – San Diego||East end of I-215 overlap; SR 60 east follows I-215 exit 29; former I-15E south / US 395 south|
|Riverside–Moreno Valley line||13.31||59||Day Street|
|Moreno Valley||14.32||60||Frederick Street, Pigeon Pass Road||To SR 60 Business, former US 60 east|
|19.20||65||Moreno Beach Drive|
|21.37||67||World Logistics Center Parkway||Formerly Theodore Street|
|22.10||68||Gilman Springs Road – Hemet, San Jacinto||Former SR 177|
|Beaumont||27.98||74||Jack Rabbit Trail||East end of freeway; at-grade intersection; separate interchange eastbound|
|||75||Potrero Boulevard||Future interchange|
|||Western Knolls Avenue||At-grade intersection; west end of freeway|
|30.50||93||6th Street – Beaumont||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; exit number follows I-10|
|30.50||I-10 east – Indio||East end of SR 60/Moreno Valley Freeway; I-10 exit 93|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|