California: FIX THE 10: Governor Newsom Announces the 10 Freeway On Track to Reopen to Traffic in 3 to 5 Weeks
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LOS ANGELES ~ Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles, which closed due to a fire over the weekend, is on track to reopen to traffic in three to five weeks. After testing samples and assessing damage from the site, state transportation officials believe the damage can be repaired without demolishing and rebuilding the 450-foot span of the 10 Freeway. Union crews are working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to finish removing debris and shore up support pillars.

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 earlier evaluation of the site identified no highly toxic chemicals in the aftermath of the fire. Critical materials for repairs are already on-site and no supply challenges are anticipated at this time.

The Governor also announced that by the end of the week, there will be a livestream of construction work so that Californians can see progress firsthand. They can visit for real-time project updates, alternate routes and public transit options.

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Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced that CAL FIRE investigators deemed the cause of the fire suspicious and their team continues investigating it as arson. The state had taken legal action months ago against Apex Development Inc., who was leasing the property without state or federal approval, for failing to pay rent and violating their lease agreement by subletting it without permission. A court date is scheduled for February; however, they are seeking options to expedite legal proceedings.

In response to this emergency situation, Governor Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency in Los Angeles County over the 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 if appropriate.

"Thanks to fast work from our first responders, workers and engineers we now expect to be able to reopen the 10 Freeway in three to five weeks," said Governor Newsom."California will continue working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get this job done and get Los Angeles moving again."

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