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On the Road: Why the gate on the 10 Freeway near Morongo Casino isn’t always open

By in Press Enterprise on October 7, 2017

By Amy Bentley

Q. Banning resident Sharon Bonye asked about the separation gate between the 10 Freeway lanes near Morongo Casino Resort & Spa.

Bonye said the 10 in that area often backs up and wants to know why Caltrans doesn’t open the gate to let motorists return to their previous offramp.

A. Those gates on I 10 near Morongo are to relieve traffic in the event of major traffic incidences, said Caltrans spokeswoman Tyeisha Prunty.

Law enforcement agencies at the scene of the major accident would determine whether to use the gates, she said. Another factor to consider, Prunty said, is that traffic control measures would need to be put in place.

Motorists, she said, wouldn’t benefit from using the gates during rush-hour traffic, quickly resolved incidents and small accidents.

Q. Jim Gates called to ask about smog laws.

Gates said he would like to buy a 1970 Peterbilt truck, which is typically a commercial vehicle, to haul his personal travel trailer. He asked if he would be exempt from smog laws pertaining to the truck because he would be using it for non-commercial purposes.

A. Peterbilt, a manufacturer of medium and heavy duty trucks, and trucks like this are regulated for emissions under the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board.

On the Road contacted the Air Resources Board hotline to find out, and learned that a truck from 1970 must have an upgraded engine to at least a 2010 model to comply with the law.

If the truck that Gates wishes to buy has an upgraded engine, then he is good to go. If the truck he wishes to buy does not have an upgraded engine, Gates would have to upgrade the engine to 2010 or newer within 30 days of buying the truck.

There is an exception on the 30-day rule: If the older truck is driven less than […]    

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