The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently made available to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) $3 million in quick release Emergency Relief funds.
The Emergency Relief program provides governments with funding for bridges and highways damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic external events.
Caltrans will fund emergency repair work on a section of Interstate 10 near downtown Los Angeles damaged by fire. The fire started Saturday and caused extensive damage to a portion of I-10, resulting in closure of the freeway in both directions.
Caltrans requested the $3 million to assist with critical activities required to repair and safely reopen I-10. This includes the temporary shoring of the structure at the damage site, removal of hazardous waste, and ongoing traffic control.
“We know the I-10 corridor is a critical connection for both people and goods traveling in and around Los Angeles,” Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt said. “The quick release funding we’re providing Caltrans is the first of many steps we are taking to help California get this key route open as soon as possible for the workers, residents and businesses that rely on this route every day.”
The I-10 corridor is a major artery in and around Los Angeles. Approximately 300,000 vehicles travel the corridor daily.