As you may have heard (or unfortunately, experienced) — the I-10 Freeway near DTLA was shut down for a week due to a massive fire that occurred around midnight on Saturday, November 11, 2023. A major concern for the city and commuters is that repairs would take months. Fortunately, that inconvenience is now over.
“The 10 will be safe to drive on weeks ahead of schedule because of urgent action and collaboration at all levels of government,” said LA Mayor Karen Bass. “When we work together, nothing can stop Los Angeles. 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.”
Since Sunday, November 12, 2023, structural engineers and construction crews started investigating the structure, assessing damages, and working on them to ensure I-10 is able to safely reopen as quickly as possible. Newsom also stated that they “doubled” their crews and workload, which allowed for an earlier reopening date.
“What began as months has turned into days — before Angelenos hit the road on Monday, we’re opening the 10 back up,” said CA Governor Newsom. “Thanks to the tireless work of Caltrans and union construction crews and with help from our partners — from the Mayor’s office to the White House — the 10’s expedited repair is proof and a point of pride that here in California, we deliver.”
At last, Angelenos can breathe a sigh of relief as things have turned back to normal sooner rather than later — just in time for that holiday traffic.