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Royce and USDOT Secretary Tour 57/60 Confluence
Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) was joined today by United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on a tour of the 57/60 Confluence in Diamond Bar.Representative Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) was joined today by United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on a tour of the 57/60 Confluence in Diamond Bar. The tour of the Confluence was the first stop in the Secretary's visit to the area, which also included a tour of the Nogales Project in City of Industry with Reps Royce and Grace Napolitano (D-CA).
The intersection of State Routes 60 and 70 creates a traffic bottleneck, causing significant delays on a stretch of freeway traveled by 400,000 vehicles a day. Ten percent of the vehicles that use these freeways come directly from the ports of LA and Long Beach, creating the highest volume of truck traffic in Southern California with the highest rate of predicted future growth. The 57/60 Confluence Project, a cost-effective solution designed through a partnership of local and state officials, will eliminate the multiple weaving of lanes and decrease the resulting congestion and collisions.
"We need to focus taxpayer dollars where they will have an exponential impact on economic growth - our roads, railways, and ports are at the top of the list," said Royce. "Secretary Foxx's appearance here today, alongside state, county and city officials, shows that finding an efficient and effective solution here at the 57/60 Confluence is both a local and a federal issue."
The 57 and 60 freeways have been included in the preliminary draft of the Department of Transportation’s Primary Freight Network (PFN) — a network of highways established by Congress to help direct road maintenance and improvement resources where they can have the biggest economic impact. Last year, Royce brought Rep. Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to tour the 57/60 Confluence and spoke about the importance of having the freeways included in the PFN.
Secretary Foxx, and Reps. Royce and Napolitano were joined by a number of local officials including Diamond Bar Mayor Carol Herrera, City of Industry Mayor Tim Spohn, as well as Industry City Engineer John Ballas and 57/60 Project Manager/Chief Engineer Wei Koo.