California: FIX THE 10: Governor Newsom Announces Caltrans Clears All Hazardous Debris, Gains Full Site Access, Ahead of Schedule
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LOS ANGELES ~ Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that Caltrans emergency contractors have cleared all hazardous materials from the Los Angeles 10 Freeway repair site ahead of schedule. This milestone allows Caltrans to now have full access to the site to shore up support pillars and expedite repairs.

"This critical, ahead-of-schedule milestone helps us safely get Los Angeles' traffic moving in December," said Governor Newsom. "I'm grateful for Caltrans District 7's around-the-clock work to safely repair the 10 as quickly as possible. California is leveraging an all-of-government approach — working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — to get this done."

Caltrans District 7 Director Gloria Roberts expressed her pride in the efforts of her team. "I'm incredibly proud of the efforts Caltrans District 7 contractors, workers, engineers, and personnel are leading to deliver on this Herculean task," said Roberts. "Our crews won't stop working until the 10 is safely repaired and traffic is moving."

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The clearing of hazardous materials came two days ahead of schedule and approximately 264,000 cubic square feet of hazardous material and debris was removed from the site - enough to fill four Olympic-sized pools. On-site environmental monitoring is in place to fortify drains and ensure that every precaution is taken to contain area run-off due to incoming storms. An early evaluation of the site identified no highly toxic chemicals in the aftermath of the fire.

The state is taking an urgent all-of-government approach to fix the 10 Freeway with traffic estimated at upwards of 300,000 vehicles daily. Union crews are working around the clock to shore up support pillars damaged in the fire with hopes that repairs can be made without demolishing and rebuilding a 450 foot span which could take upwards of 6 months.

In response, Governor Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency in Los Angeles County last weekend which facilitates clean up and repair work as well as directs Caltrans to formally request assistance through Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Program which has been submitted. Californians can visit for updates and alternate routes while repairs are being made on this major artery in Los Angeles County.

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