L.A. Freeway Opens in Time for Thanksgiving Holiday
Los Angeles’ I-10 freeway reopened Sunday night, far ahead of schedule, after a fire damaged a portion of the highway near Alameda Street. Repairs were initially projected to take 3-5 weeks. However, crews worked 24 hours a day to free up the commute, while work continues on the damaged pillars, posts and steel beams.
Standing alongside the Governor and Vice President Kamala Harris, Mayor Karen Bass praised the collaborative effort.
“When we work together, nothing can stop Los Angeles,” said Bass. “Right when this happened, I heard from our state and federal partners that they would let nothing stand in our way. The White House and the Governor’s Office not only lived up to that promise, they helped us exceed all expectations. Today is proof of locking arms delivering real results for the people of this city.”
Transportation officials say tests were conducted to ensure the freeway was safe before reopening.
The money for repairs comes from $3 million in "quick release" funding, secured from the federal government through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Person of Interest Sought
Authorities have also released images of a person of interest in the arson case. He is a male of unknown race, approximately 6 feet tall and 170-190 lbs, with dark hair and possible burn injuries on his left leg. He may also be wearing a brace on his right knee. He is believed to be in his 30s and was seen with a black hoodie, black backpack and blue shorts on the night of the fire.
Anyone with information is asked to call Cal Fire's arson hotline at 1-800-468-4408.