In a surprising turn of events, the I10 overpass in Los Angeles that was shut down due to arson is being opened far ahead of what was originally anticipated. What was planned to be three to five weeks has instead turned into approximately ten days.
In his initial speech about the closure, Governor Gavin Newsom said that the repair was not going to be comparable to one in Philadelphia, which happened very quickly. With the I-10 set to open soon, its repair to the point of operation will actually be quicker than the case in Pennsylvania.
However, with the integral repairs done for the bridge, the I-10 is set to reopen on the 21st, with five lanes in both directions. Additional repairs to fortify the structure will occur over the course of multiple months, so as to bring the overpass to a better condition.
The news comes hot on the heels of its collapse, suspected to be due to arson, and Gavin Newsom declaring a State of Emergency, one that did not directly apply to truckers.
Is it possible that this collapse of an overpass for the I-10 could be a signal towards the United States’ slowly but surely crumbling infrastructure? It was caused directly by a fire, but the fact that the columns were in a state of enough disarray that governments, local and state level, determined it to be an imminent safety hazard speaks volumes as to what position the overpass was in before the fire. It is important for governments to ramp up their investment in America’s roads, so as to prevent an incident like this resulting in worse circumstances than merely shutting down an interstate for a handful of days.
Despite the integral repairs being done, our current advice to you is still to stay clear until at least a few more columns have been adequately fortified. This is due to the fact that commercial vehicles weigh significantly more than any given four-wheeler, so giving the bridge room to stand on its own is important to prevent another collapse during this sensitive time.
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