By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is informing motorists that the Auto Club of America (AAA) is predicting that an estimated nearly 42 million Americans will travel over the Memorial Day weekend this year.
Caltrans expects lengthy delays on Interstate 15 (I-15) at various locations from Temecula to the Nevada State Line (especially in the Cajon Pass), Interstate 10 (I-10) from Beaumont to Indio, Interstate 40 (I-40) between Barstow and Needles, and heavier than normal delays on State Route’s 91, 60, 215, and 210, beginning Thursday through Monday evening, May 24 through 28.
- There will be a full closure of State Route 62 in Yucca Valley for a parade on Saturday May 26 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. between Inca Trail and Sage Avenue.Alternate routes are available for detour around the parade.
Caltrans anticipates heaviest delays on northbound I-15 between Rancho Cucamonga and Hesperia (Cajon Pass) on Thursday and Friday afternoons and again on southbound I-15 on Sunday and Monday afternoons. It is also historical that delays are heaviest between Indio and Beaumont on eastbound I-10 on Friday and again on westbound I-10 on Sunday and Monday afternoons into the evening hours.
- FIRST – plan ahead and know before you go!Use Caltrans QuickMap http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov
- Travel in early morning hours if possible – try to leave Thursday before noon.
- Make sure your car is in good running condition.Check your tires, oil, and windshield washer fluid, and have a full tank of gas.
- Bring a charged cell phone and car charger.
- Use the restroom before you get on the road – you don’t know where you may get stopped for long periods of time.
- Weather can be unpredictable in the region. Stay ahead of the forecast: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation
- BRING WATER! Also bring snacks and necessary medication
- Please bring your patience and IF YOU DRINK – DON’T DRIVE!