Paramount Blvd Bridge to Reopen In June

By EGP News Report

The Paramount Blvd bridge will be completed by June 12, a little ahead of schedule, Caltrans told a local senator recently.

Sen. Ron Calderon said he toured the bridge last week and found that it was close to completion. “I’m amazed,” said Calderon. “It just goes to show that when the federal government and local and state authorities come together, we can have a project done in six months instead of two years.”

The bridge was damaged after a gasoline tanker truck exploded on the 60 Freeway below it. Caltrans engineers said recommended the bridge be demolished.

The bridge now has 34 concrete girders in place and Caltrans crews are currently installing steel bars over the girders. There will also be a new drainage system, and when the project is completed the bridge overpass will have wider sidewalks, and the freeway will below will be able to expand its lanes.

Calderon’s spokesperson Bob Jimenez said the total cost of the reconstruction could come out to $40 million. Caltrans has received $2 million in emergency funded for the project.

Calderon said the bridge is a vital roadway for residents and local businesses, including the Montebello Town Center mall. “I’m especially proud of all the cities that helped inform people on the closure, re-routed emergency services and assisted worried business owners.”

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May 10, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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