Governor Newsom Los Angeles residents are facing a three-to-five-week wait before they can access the Interstate 10 freeway as the state initiates repairs on the bridge deck and columns, severely damaged by a large-scale fire. California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the need for repairs during a press conference, revealing that about 100 columns were charred and chipped, with 9 or 10 sustaining severe damage.
Structural Assessment and Repair Plans
The California Department of Transportation conducted evaluations using core samples from the upper deck to assess the structural damage. Governor Newsom stated that the fire had also caused the deformation of freeway deck guardrails. While considering the possibility of a complete rebuild if repairs were not feasible, Newsom reassured the public that a full demolition and replacement would not be necessary. Instead, the state plans to implement repairs and a shoring plan to fortify the damaged sections.
Arson Investigation: Governor Newsom
Officials confirmed that the fire was intentionally set and is being investigated as an act of arson. State Fire Marshal Daniel Berlant provided this information during a news conference, emphasizing the malicious nature of the incident. The affected stretch of the I-10 freeway, between Alameda Street and the East L.A. Interchange, remained closed.
Alternative Transportation Options and Community Cooperation
Mayor Karen Bass urged commuters to use public transportation or work from home during the repairs. She encouraged Angelenos to cooperate and avoid turning against each other, highlighting reports of road rage incidents since the disruption began. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority recommended the use of E, J, or A Line Metro trains for those traveling to downtown Los Angeles. Drivers were advised to stay on the freeway if necessary, avoiding local streets.
Swift Action and Mitigation Efforts
Governor Newsom assured the public that debris removal would be completed in the coming days. The repair process is described as a 24/7 operation, regardless of weather conditions. Efforts are underway to expedite the repairs and reduce the anticipated five-week timeline.
This news falls under the category of Infrastructure and Transportation.