Following this morning’s reopening announcement by Governor Newsom, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is reopening Interstate 10 at 6:30 pm tonight, weeks earlier than original estimate for repairs.
Traffic is now flowing in five lanes in each direction between Alameda Street and the East Los Angeles interchange, ahead of tomorrow morning’s commute and before the Thanksgiving holiday, which will minimize disruption to commuters on Los Angeles.
WHAT GOVERNOR NEWSOM SAID: “What started as months turned into days – before Angelenos hit the road on Monday, we opened up 10 back ups. Thanks to the tireless work of Caltrans and union construction crews and with the help of our together — from the Mayor’s office to the White House — 10 quick fixes are proof and a point of pride that here in California, we deliver.
“The work that’s going on here is amazing,” said Vice President Kamala Harris. “It is possible with the will and ambition of the land workers, and their commitment as public servants and as union members that this can be done and delivered for the people of Los Angeles. This is the kind of work that is happening all over the country – where hardworking men and women, carpenters, laborers, and government workers, are rebuilding America’s infrastructure. Thank you workers for your commitment to the country. ”
“10 will be safely driven weeks ahead of schedule due to urgent action and collaboration at all levels of government,” said Mayor Karen Bass. “If we work together, nothing can stop Los Angeles. When this happened, I heard from our state and federal partners that they will not let anything stand in our way. The White House and the Office of Governor has not only kept that promise, they have helped us exceed all expectations. Now is the proof of locking arms delivering real results for the people of this city.”
Today’s announcement, eight days since the fire, is ahead of the original project schedule and made possible by the round-the-clock efforts of crews and engineers on and off-site, better than expected. structural testing results, fast. debris removal, and close coordination between state, local, and federal government officials to safely expedite the repair of a major freeway that is a critical backbone of the American and global economy.
As repairs continue in the coming months, the public should expect some temporary closures on the occasional weekend and evening, along with intermittent lane closures.
The fire started on the 10 Freeway in an area leased by Apex Development, Inc. (Apex). Two months before the fire, Caltrans sued Apex, seeking to evict the company from the leased property for failing to pay its rent and subletting the property without permission. A hearing is scheduled for early 2024 in that lawsuit. Apex is responsible for maintaining the fenced area while they continue to acquire rights under the lease. CAL FIRE is still investigating the fire — suspected arson. A person of interest has been identified and members of the public are encouraged to provide any leads or tips, which can be sent anonymously to the CAL FIRE Arson Hotline at 1-800-468-4408 or firstname.lastname@example.org .gov.
Last weekend, Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County to support the state’s response. The proclamation expedited cleanup and repair work and directed Caltrans to seek assistance through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program, which is secured by the state.
The 10 Freeway is a major artery that serves hundreds of thousands of Angelenos every day. After testing samples and assessing the damage from the site, state transportation officials determined that the damage could be repaired without destroying and rebuilding the 450-foot span of the freeway, which could be’ g last up to 6 months. Union crews continue to work around the clock to reopen the freeway tomorrow morning. While I-10 is closed to all vehicles, Caltrans workers are taking advantage of this traffic-free opportunity to perform an extensive “herd” maintenance operation – sweeping, repairing bridge rails and broken concrete, painting graffiti, cleaning ditches and culverts, removing trash, weeds, and overgrown plants, and sealing broken doors.