Truck Lane Proposed For Busy California Highway

Truck Lane Proposed For California Highway 60Many truck drivers and commuters agree that a dedicated truck lane on Highway 60 between Gilman Springs Road and Jack Rabbit Trail in California would improve congestion.

The proposed 12 foot wide, dedicated truck lane will cost an estimated $77 million and may take up to four years to complete.

Commuters often complain about being stuck behind tractor trailers moving up the steep grades at 20-30 mph.

Truck driver Julius Byla travels Highway 60 frequently.  He told the Desert Sun that he often feels guilty for slowing traffic.

Byla hauls produce to grocers in the area.  He says another part of the problem is that trucks cannot exceed 55 mph on that highway, making it harder for them to gain momentum to get up the hills.

According to the California Department of Transportation, nearly 45,000 vehicles travel that stretch of Highway 60 each day.  An estimated 8,300 of those vehicles are trucks.

Environmental studies still need to be done and CDOT may not begin taking bids on the project until 2016, which means the truck lane may not be complete until 2020.

Drivers, do you travel this stretch of highway?  Will a dedicated truck lane help you?