A recent blaze under the 10 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles, now believed to be an act of arson, has caused significant disruption and raised urgent safety concerns. California Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass held a press conference to address the situation, emphasizing the severity of the incident and its implications for the city.
Governor Newsom highlighted the malicious intent behind the fire, stressing its impact within the fence line of Apex Development Inc., a company currently in litigation with the state.
The fire, which started near East 14th and Alameda streets, caused substantial damage. It not only melted steel guardrails of the freeway but also led to significant structural damage, affecting both traffic flow and public safety.
The focus now shifts to assessing and repairing the damage. Over 100 columns supporting the freeway have been affected, with some suffering severe damage. This has prompted discussions about potential demolition alongside repair efforts.
The closures due to the 10 Freeway fire in Los Angeles include:
- Northbound 5 Freeway to westbound 10 Freeway.
- Southbound 5 Freeway to westbound 10 Freeway.
- Westbound 60 Freeway to westbound 10 Freeway.
- Westbound 10 Freeway on-ramp at Soto Street.
- Eastbound 10 Freeway on-ramp at Alameda Street.
- Westbound 10 Freeway on-ramp at Santa Fe Avenue.