The daily traffic tie-up at the interchange of the Riverside and Orange freeways will be untangled somewhat starting today. A lane that had been closed for major road improvements is reopening.
Commuters have endured delays at the interchange for the past year as a lane was blocked off to complete road enhancements such as new paving, wider lanes and additional lighting.
"Now, there will be a lot smoother sailing at that intersection," said Rose Orern, a Caltrans spokeswoman.
Completion of the interchange wraps up the toughest part of a $180-million upgrade to ease congestion on the Riverside Freeway, officials said.
The huge project, which began in 1997, also includes adding a carpool lane along an 11 1/2-mile stretch between Orange and Los Angeles counties. All construction is expected to be completed by 2000.