California I-10 bridge collapse will impact Arizona travel


All traffic along a major freeway connecting California and Arizona was blocked indefinitely when a bridge over a desert wash collapsed during heavy rain, and the roadway in the opposite direction suffered severe damage, authorities said.

The collapse on Interstate 10 in southeastern California Sunday afternoon left one driver injured, stranded numerous motorists and complicated travel for countless thousands for what officials warned could be a long time.

"Interstate 10 is closed completely and indefinitely," said Terri Kasinga, spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation. The closure will force motorists seeking to use I-10 to travel between California and Arizona to go hundreds of miles out of their way to Interstate 8 to the south or Interstate 40 to the north.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says I-10 westbound is closed in western Arizona near Quartzsite at State Route 95. ADOT says westbound I-10 drivers will be detoured to State Route 95.

Drivers traveling to Southern California may take SR 95 south to Interstate 8 and then travel west to California.

Motorists may also travel on SR 95 north to Parker, where drivers may cross into California using State Route 62 westbound. Further north, Interstate 40 is another route for travel between Arizona and California.