News Update!!: Desert Center, CA: Latest information on Interstate 10 bridge collapse and closure.

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News Update!!: Desert Center, CA: Latest information on Interstate 10 bridge collapse and closure.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the bridge collapsed on Interstate 10 at the Tex Wash Bridge in Desert Center, California that happened on Sunday, July 19th, 2015.

** As of 12:00pm PT on Friday, July 24th, 2015: **

– Interstate 10 is partially reopened in each direction with one lane of traffic in both directions at the Tex Wash Bridge in Desert Center, California.

According to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8, crews have strengthen the westbound side of the bridge on Interstate 10 at Tex Wash Bridge in order to allow 2 way traffic, one lane in each direction, to get over the Tex Wash Bridge.

Once Interstate 10 is reopened, minor work will be performed on the westbound side and work will commence on the eastbound side of the structure to get it operational.

The existing detours that were in place when Interstate 10 was fully closed will remain in effect until the full opening of Interstate 10 happens.

Remember the detours routes as traffic may be slow and there will be delays as 2 lanes of traffic heading east and 2 lanes of traffic heading west are merged into a lane east and a lane west passing by on the Tex Wash Bridge in Desert Center, California.

On Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8 informed the public that California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will open Interstate 10 at Tex Wash Bridge to traffic on Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 12:00pm PT.

Interstate 10 was fully closed after a bridge collapsed on eastbound Interstate 10 at the Tex Wash in Desert Center, California on Sunday, July 19th, 2015.

** As of 11:00am PT on Friday, July 24th, 2015: **

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– California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Officials held a news conference just hours before the partial reopening of the Interstate 10 at the Tex Wash Bridge in Desert Center, California.

According to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8, FHWA Pledges $2 Million to Interstate 10 bridge project after flash floods caused the Tex Wash Bridge to collapse.

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** Picture from NBC affiliate KPNX Channel 12: **

According to Acting Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau, “Emergency relief funding will make immediate repairs possible throughout the area and allow this interstate to open again. We want to ensure that everyone in southern California has access to safe roads and safe bridges, so these resources will help speed repairs and ensure that travel can return to normal as soon as possible.”

** Picture from California Department of Transportation (Caltrans): **

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) released this map of detour routes that people can take to get around the Interstate 10 closure at the Tex Wash Bridge in Desert Center, California.

** As of 4:40pm PT on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015: **

– According to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is pleased to announce that Interstate 10 at Tex Wash Bridge will open to traffic on Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 12:00pm PT.

Crews will strengthen the westbound side of the bridge in order to allow two-way traffic— one lane in each direction.

Once Interstate 10 is opened, minor work will be performed on the westbound side and work will commence on the eastbound side of the structure to get it operational.

The existing detours will remain in effect until the opening of Interstate 10.

Caltrans was able to expedite the opening of Interstate 10 at Tex Wash Bridge, which washed out during a major storm on Sunday, July 19th, 2015, because of emergency contractual procedures that allowed Granite Construction, Inc. to be awarded the project on Monday, July 20th, 2015.

As a result of the weekend storm, Caltrans inspected other bridges in the area and two were found to need minor repairs — Adair Ditch Bridge and Hillock Ditch Bridge.

The repairs on these bridges are being performed concurrently and will be completed today.

Follow Caltrans District 8 on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/Caltrans8 @Caltrans8 or go to our website at: http://www.caltrans8.info.

View traffic conditions at: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

** As of 10:00am PT on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015: **

– A contractor was awarded an emergency contract on Monday, July 20th, 2015 to repair the Interstate 10 bridge collapsed, a vital route for many commuters, travelers, and truck drivers for the delivering of goods in and out of California, which Interstate 10 in both directions remains closed indefinitely.

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** Picture from Tony Shin ‏(Twitter Username: @TonyNBCLA): **

According to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), a representatives from Granite Construction Inc. was still evaluating the work that has to be done and didn’t immediately have a timetable for repairing and reopening of Interstate 10.

Transportation officials are checking the westbound bridge and if it can be reopened to traffic for both directions, but that is if the water didn’t wash away too much soil which reportedly has some of the soil washed away.

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** Picture from California Department of Transportation (Caltrans): **

Until both directions of Interstate 10 is fully open, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) released this map of detour routes that people can take to get around the Interstate 40 closure.

** As of 5:00pm PT on Monday, July 20th, 2015: **

– According to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the westbound side of the Interstate 10 has also been badly compromised by flooding in the same area where the eastbound side collapsed.

According to Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman Marion Ashley, the board intends to declare a local state of emergency as a result of the collapse of a section of Interstate 10 in Desert Center, California.

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will be overseeing the repairs, but it’s not immediately known how long it may take to repair and reopen this portion of Interstate 10 that many travelers and truckers use to get in and out of California for fun and for shipping of goods across the United States of America.

According to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Spokeswoman Terri Kasinga, Interstate 10 as a main route between California and Arizona will stay shut down completely and indefinitely.

Drivers heading eastbound on Interstate 10 are now being diverted south on State Route 86 to Salton Sea, California or north on State Route 62 near Palm Springs, California toward Twentynine Palms, California.

Other detours being used are Highway 95 in California and Arizona, State Route 78, Interstate 8 from Yuma, Arizona, and Interstate 40 from Needles, California.

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** Picture from California Department of Transportation (Caltrans): **

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) released this map of detour routes that people can take to get around the Interstate 40 closure.

** As of 2:00pm PT on Monday, July 20th, 2015: **

– According to the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department, the town of Parker, Arizona has significant traffic flowing through due to westbound Interstate 10 being closed due to the collapsed of one of the overpasses in the area of Desert Canter, California.

** As of 11:00am PT on Monday, July 20th, 2015: **

– According to the California Highway Patrol, Interstate 10 is closed between State Route 86 and the California and Arizona state line after a 30 by 50 foot section of bridge collapsed.

Motorists were advised by California Highway Patrol to avoid Interstate 10 travel and use detour routes such as Arizona Route 95 (Highway 95) to Interstate 40 or Interstate 8 to State Route 111 to State Route 86 to get around the closure.

State Route 78 remained closed due to flooding and is not a detour.

State Route 177 from Desert Center reopened at about as of 2:00am PT on Monday, July 20th, 2015.

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) structural engineers will are on scene on Monday, July 20th, 2015 to begin assessing the damage at the site of the collapse and other surrounding washes and structures along that section of Interstate 10,

According to California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 8 Spokeswoman Terri Kasinga, Caltrans will release an estimated reopening time when the damage is assessed and repairs are determined and an emergency contract will be needed to make the repairs.

** As of 10:00pm PT on Sunday, July 19th, 2015: **

According to the California Highway Patrol, Interstate 10 is closed in both directions and being turned around at Chiriaco Summit and Corn Springs after a bridge collapsed along the eastbound Interstate 10 in Desert Center, California at 5:13pm PT on Sunday, July 19th, 2015.

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A section of a bridge on eastbound Interstate 10 collapsed at the mile post 188 bridge near Eagle Mountain Road in Desert Center, California.

** Video from Michael Modecki (Instagram Username: Modecki): **

Drivers and passengers watched and filmed the activity along the westbound side on Interstate 10 as first responders work to save those who were trapped.

The bridge on the westbound side on Interstate 10 appears to have not collapsed as seen in the video.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, the bridge collapsed trapped a truck beneath the debris.

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** Pictures from Chief Geoff Pemberton and CAL FIRE Riverside (Twitter Username: @CALFIRERRU): **

Fire department firefighters responded and began a cut and rescue operation, and the truck driver who was trapped sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California.

Earlier, just eastbound Interstate 10 and traffic was backed up along eastbound Interstate 10 for many miles.

The California Highway Patrol has closed both directions of Interstate 40 and are asking drivers not to travel along Interstate 10 and to use either Highway 62 from Parker, Arizona or Interstate 40 from Needles, California by using Highway 95.

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