California: FIX THE 10: Governor Newsom Highlights Efforts Underway to Repair Major LA Freeway
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LOS ANGELES ~ Today, Governor Gavin Newsom provided an update on the ongoing efforts to fix the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles after a massive fire closed a portion of the freeway over the weekend. The state is taking an urgent all-of-government approach to fixing the major artery, with traffic estimated at upwards of 300,000 vehicles daily.

The Governor joined Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass and other local and state officials to survey the site where work is already underway to clean the site of hazardous materials, assess damage, and prepare it for necessary repairs. To ensure worker safety, shoring work has begun on damaged pillars, and engineers are on site assessing next steps for repair work. Samples taken from the core of the pillars are being used to determine structural integrity of the bridge. Preliminary results are encouraging, but more testing is required before finalizing repair plans.

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Governor Newsom announced that California is leveraging an all-of-government approach — working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to mobilize resources so they can fix the 10 Freeway as quickly as possible. Shailen Blatt, Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), also surveyed the site today and emphasized that they are working closely with the state to quickly and safely reopen the 10 Freeway. This work is likely to be eligible for federal reimbursement under FHWA's emergency relief program.

The Governor also shared that legal action was taken months ago against Apex Development Inc., who were leasing out property without state or federal approval. A court date is scheduled for February. In response to this incident, Governor Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency in Los Angeles County over the weekend in order to support their response and facilitate clean-up and repair work.

Californians can visit for updates and alternate routes while repairs are underway on this major artery in Los Angeles County.

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