Governor Brown Requests Emergency Funds For 60 Freeway Tanker Truck Fire

By EGP News Report

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in response to the Dec. 14 tanker truck fire on the 60 freeway.

The declaration opens up emergency funding that could be used to rebuild the Paramount Blvd bridge overlooking the freeway.

The bridge, originally built in 1967, was damaged in the fire and is being demolished after it was deemed too unstable by Caltrans engineers.

The Paramount Blvd bridge will be completely demolished.

On Monday night, Caltrans spokesperson Patrick Chandler said they will be working on designs for a new bridge. He was unsure at the time when a new bridge might be built, and said bridges sometimes takes years to design and build.

According to Cal EMA spokesperson Tina Walker, the emergency funding could expedite the process, but there are no guarantees.

Chandler did not have an estimate on the cost of damages and how much it would be to rebuild the bridge, but “probably once the bridge is demolished we will know more.”

The southern half of the bridge was demolished by Saturday, leaving only a steel beam to hold up fiber optic cables. The 60 freeway which was opened back up on Saturday is being shut down at night in order to allow for the remainder of the bridge to be demolished.

Chandler said CHP is conducting an investigation that will reveal more about how the fire happened.

“It’s a bridge between several communities, but it’s going to take some time to build the bridge right, to build a bridge that lasts for a long time,” said Chandler.

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

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