LA interstate to reopen next week following massive fire

LA interstate to reopen next week following massive fire

A Los Angeles interstate is set to reopen next week, roughly 10 days after a massive fire scorched the roadway.

The I-10 Freeway was the scene of a blaze last weekend that investigators quickly determined was caused by arson started at a storage yard below the highway.

The repairs and inspections on the decimated freeway were initially expected to take weeks.

Gov. Gavin Newsom made a surprise announcement Thursday that all five lanes on I-10 in both directions would reopen on Tuesday next week — before Thanksgiving and well ahead of schedule.

“Our timeline has changed,” he said at a press conference.

The governor explained the timeline was expedited by “doubl[ing] down” on crews, efforts and supplies. He said authorities expected to add to the 250 workers already working on the repairs.

Commuters can monitor the progress being made by repair crews online.

“Trucks, passenger vehicles in both directions will be moving again,” Newsom said.

About 300,000 drivers ordinarily use the interstate daily, according to officials.

“This is a good day in Los Angeles,” Mayor Karen Bass said.

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