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10 Freeway down to 1 lane for repaving east of Indio

One lane of the 10 freeway will be closed from Cactus City to state Route 177 from Monday through Thursday.
One lane of the 10 freeway will be closed from Cactus City to state Route 177 from Monday through Thursday.
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A 31-mile section of the eastbound 10 Freeway closed Monday for repaving work on that stretch of road. The road closure starts at Cactus City, east of Indio, and extends east to State Route 177.

The $95 million project — which is entirely state funded — is shutting down all but one lane that desperately needs some attention because of the amount of traffic it receives, Caltrans’s Shelli Lombardo told KPCC.

“The pavement has reached its life limit and it’s time to put down a new road surface,” she said.

Although the majority of the repaving is being done on the east side of the highway, the on- and off-ramps in both directions will be affected as well.

The lanes themselves will be closed around the clock, but here are the ramps that will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday:

This shortage of available road will undoubtedly halt the flow of traffic, but Lombardo said it’s completely avoidable. She recommends that people merge out of the closed road as early as possible and heed the warning signs — switching lanes right before the point of construction is what causes cars to come to a stop, she said.

“It makes a much easier and a much more congruent ride for everybody that’s in that lane of traffic,” she said.

The freeway will be fully reopened on Friday.

“It’ll be a smoother ride, it’ll be a quieter ride — the traffic will definitely see the difference in what’s out there now versus what will be there when the paving is done,” Lombardo said.