DESERT CENTER, Calif. (AP) — A California Department of Transportation official says the Interstate 10 bridge that was washed out by a flash flood is set for a full reopening before month's end — ahead of schedule and under budget.
John Bulinski, director for the Caltrans district that includes the bridge, said Friday that the eastbound span over a gully between Los Angeles and Phoenix should reopen several days before the Sept. 30 target date.
Flood water in eroded its supports in July, buckling the two eastbound lanes onto the desert floor. Within a week, Caltrans shored up the damaged westbound span so traffic could squeeze through in one lane each way.
The eastbound bridge is being rebuilt with a deeper foundation. The budget was $8 million, but Bulinski says crews are on target to beat that projected cost.