December 6, 2023
Over 100 columns had been broken within the 10 Freeway hearth. Photograph through @LAmag X

The fireplace-damaged part of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway in downtown Los Angeles will reopen in three to 5 weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced Tuesday, saying extra testing on concrete and rebar confirmed better-than-anticipated structural integrity of the freeway deck.

“This is not going to be a demolition, we is not going to must demolish and substitute the I-10,” Newsom mentioned throughout a Tuesday morning information convention.

As a substitute, crews will work across the clock to proceed shoring up and repairing the freeway deck and the roughly 100 help columns affected by the fireplace that erupted early Saturday morning and compelled the closure of a roadway that handles 300,000 automobiles per day.

Newsom mentioned he expects the work to be accomplished and at the very least a part of the freeway reopened sooner than 5 weeks.

“I don’t wish to see that five-week mark hit,” he mentioned. “I wish to see one thing a lot sooner.”

He famous that if the freeway would have wanted to be demolished, the closure would have lasted “many, many months,” maybe so long as six months.

The investigation into the fireplace was persevering with, and there was no instant info on a potential arson suspect or suspects. Newsom mentioned at a Monday afternoon information convention that the fireplace was set throughout the fenceline of the storage enterprise working under the freeway, which was plagued by automobiles, pallets and different supplies.

Newsom mentioned Cal Fireplace investigators who accomplished their preliminary probe Sunday night time decided “that it was arson, and that it was performed and set deliberately. The willpower of who was accountable is an investigation that’s ongoing.”

He mentioned investigators had some preliminary suggestions, however he urged anybody with details about the beginning of the blaze to come back ahead and name a hotline at 800-468-4408.

The freeway stays closed roughly between Alameda Road and Santa Fe Avenue, affecting connectors to the Golden State (5), Hollywood (101) and Pomona (60) freeways.

Officers urged motorists making an attempt to navigate the world to stay on numerous freeways as a lot as potential to keep away from having native streets overloaded by hundreds of automobiles.

Drivers utilizing the ten Freeway had been requested to stay on the freeway and switch to different freeways once they method the downtown space if potential.

I-10 detour map
Interstate 10 detour map. Courtesy Los Angeles Division of Transportation

For these coming from the east, the primary exit to downtown streets is Seventh Road, with the following alternative at Santa Fe/Mateo. For these coming from the west, the transition to the Harbor (110) Freeway is the primary alternative to entry downtown floor streets, and the following exit is Alameda.

State officers established a web site at to supply the newest info on the restore course of.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.