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‘Coronageddon’ has begun: 91 Freeway closed in Corona for 55 hours

91 Steer Clear

Construction crews work near Green River Road on the 91 Freeway last year. A busy section of the freeway is closed this weekend.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

“Coronageddon” has begun.

The California Highway Patrol has closed State Route 91 in Corona for the weekend so crews can demolish a bridge as part of a freeway widening project.

The 55-hour closure, dubbed both “Coronageddon” and “91 Steer Clear” to help get the word out, began Friday soon after 9 p.m. Scores of headlights could be seen stopped at the shutdown point as the CHP routed vehicles off the freeway.

The closure covers a six-mile stretch between Interstate 15 and State Route 71. Transportation officials hope to have the 91 reopened in time for the Monday morning commute.

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Workers will bring down the Maple Street bridge, erect a support structure for an eventual ramp and pave some lanes.

The $1.4-billion project began in 2014 for the vital link between inland Southern California communities and Orange County.

91 Freeway closure
(Paul Duginski / Los Angeles Times)

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