LOS ANGELES – Repairs to a high-rise building Los Angeles freeway closed due to arson They are moving faster than expected and all lanes are scheduled to reopen next Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.
Earlier this week, officials said it could take crews three to five weeks to shore up the mile-long stretch of Interstate 10 near downtown after last Saturday’s fire burned about 100 support columns. .
“The bridge structure itself appears to be in better shape than we anticipated,” Newsom said during an afternoon news conference. “One thing we can guarantee you is that we will be open, five lanes in both directions, no later than Tuesday of next week.”
More than 250 people worked around the clock to make the repairs, he said.
“This is a good day in Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass.
The fire, which spread quickly across 3 hectares (8 acres), was fueled by pallets, cars, construction materials, hand sanitizer and other items that were being transported. stored under the highway in an industrial neighborhood. No injuries were reported, but at least 16 homeless people Those who lived in a camp were taken to shelters.
The arson investigation was ongoing, authorities said. No arrests have been made and Newsom has said Researchers are trying to determine if there was more than one person involved.
An estimated 300,000 vehicles daily use the stretch of highway, which runs east-west through the heart of the metropolis and connects to other major highways. The city has been urging people to avoid the area, take buses and trains or work from home.