Both Directions of the 60 Freeway Reopens, Bridge Demolition To Continue Over Next Few Days

By Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou, EGP Staff Writer

The first wave of cars driving through the reopened eastbound lanes of the 60 Freeway stirred up a cloud of dust left from the demolition of the south end of the Paramount Blvd bridge. Demolition will continue into Monday. (EGP photo by Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou)

Cars stirred up a cloud of dust as they drove through the reopened 60 Freeway Saturday after half of the Paramount Blvd overpass was demolished.

A single, metal beam remained of the south end of the Paramount Blvd bridge, which connects Montebello and San Gabriel. The beam was kept up in order to not interrupt fiber optic wiring that went through the bridge.

The westbound lanes were open at 11am on Saturday, and the eastbound lanes reopened at 3:30pm later that day.

The north end of the bridge will also be demolished over the next two to three days, according to Patrick Chandler, spokesperson for Caltrans.

“The fire may not have lasted very long, but it had a very major effect,” he told EGP. The structure of the bridge was deemed too brittle after the fire caused the concrete to explode.

Chandler said the businesses and restaurants at the nearby shopping area and Montebello Town Center are still open for business and that people can still access the area.

Below is footage of the eastbound lanes reopening:

See related stories: 60 Freeway Westbound Lanes Now Open, 60 Freeway Shutdown by Tanker Truck Fire Could Reopen On Saturday

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December 17, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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