The U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced yesterday $3 million in "quick release" Emergency Relief funds for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to use for emergency repair work on a section of Interstate 10 near downtown Los Angeles damaged by a fire that took place under the interstate.
“This segment of I-10 is a vital corridor in our Interstate Highway System, and it’s important to hundreds of thousands of commuters as well as to America’s supply chains that it be quickly repaired,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “These federal emergency funds will help California launch this urgent repair work, and the Biden-Harris administration stands ready to provide further resources as necessary to address this issue quickly and safely.”
“We know the I-10 corridor is a critical connection for both people and goods traveling in and around Los Angeles,” said FHWA Administrator Shallen Bhatt. “The quick release funding we’re providing Caltrans is the first of many steps we are taking to help California get this key route open as soon as possible for the workers, residents and businesses that rely on this route every day.”
On Nov. 11, a fire near downtown Los Angeles caused extensive damage to a portion of the I-10 freeway, closing the section of damaged roadway.
Caltrans continues to conduct emergency operations, performing emergency repairs and continually assessing impacts, including structural damages and traffic operations.
I-10 sees approximately 300,000 vehicles daily.