California I-10 bridge could have limited reopening in weeks, official says


07/21/15

A bridge collapse in Southern California forced the closure of Interstate 10 which is a main roadway between Southern California and Phoenix.

The collapse also moderately injured one person and stranded hundreds of motorists. The bridge on Interstate 10 that was washed out when a flash flood barreled down a Southern California desert gully could have a limited reopening within weeks.

While the eastbound span of the Interstate 10 bridge collapsed, the westbound span still stands — though severe erosion means it is not passable.

A spokesman for the California Department of Transportation said Monday that work crews plan to shore up the westbound span within several weeks.

Eastbound traffic could then use one of the bridge's two lanes, for now. Caltrans spokesman Will Shuck didn't have an exact time frame for the limited reopening, but said, "we're certainly not talking about months."

The bridge collapsed Sunday as remnants from a tropical storm dumped heavy rain on the desert about 50 miles west of the California-Arizona line.

The collapse left one driver injured, stranded numerous motorists and complicated travel for countless thousands for what officials earlier had warned could be a long time. 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.