The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) reports that crews are making steady progress on emergency cleanup and repairs on I-10 in downtown Los Angeles after an extensive fire on November 11 that has shut down all lanes in both directions between Alameda Street and the East Los Angeles interchange.
- Caltrans emergency contractors have cleared all hazardous materials from the repair site ahead of schedule, and Caltrans now has full site access to shore up support pillars and expedite repairs.
- Working 24 hours a day, crews safely removed approximately 264,000 cubic feet of hazardous material and debris — enough to roughly fill four Olympic-sized pools. More than two dozen burned vehicles were removed.
- Contractors placed temporary supports, called shoring, next to damaged concrete pillars under the elevated freeway.
- California secured $3 million in “quick release” emergency funding from the Federal Highway Administration to offset initial costs.
- Caltrans and contractors working in close collaboration to repair the damage and reopen I-10 in three to five weeks.
- Critical materials for the repairs are already on site.
- Crews are working 24/7 – including weekends and through this week’s rainstorms – to repair the damage and reopen I-10 in three to five weeks.
- While I-10 is closed to all vehicles between Alameda Street and the East Los Angeles interchange, Caltrans is seizing this opportunity for a wide-ranging “swarm” maintenance operation – sweeping shoulders, repairing bridge railings and broken concrete, painting over graffiti, cleaning drains and culverts, and removing litter and excess vegetation.
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