Angelenos received some good news this week. Officials have determined that the shuttered portion of the I-10 freeway in Los Angeles will not have to be demolished and replaced. Instead, the damage can and will be repaired – a process that will take three to five weeks, according to the governor.
The announcement brings much needed relief to the state’s most populous city. The one-mile stretch of highway, which sees approximately 300,000 drivers a day, has been closed since Saturday due to a fire that was ignited intentionally at a storage yard and spread to the I-10. The fire damaged 100 columns that hold up the freeway.
Crews will work seven days a week to help repair the damage as quickly as possible. The freeway could have remained closed as long as six months if it had needed to be demolished first.
Investigators are still trying to determine who set the fire. They say a pair of suspected arsonists arrested in L.A. this week are not connected to the case.