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Tanker fire: $2 million in federal aid will help fix 60 Freeway

Photo: Caltrans crews work to demolish a portion of the damaged Paramount Boulevard overpass on the 60 Freeway. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles TimesThe California Department of Transportation will receive $2 million in emergency funding to help fix the Paramount Boulevard overpass on the 60 Freeway that was heavily damaged when a fuel tanker exploded beneath it, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday afternoon.  

The funds, which are available immediately, should help speed the rebuilding process of the Paramount Boulevard bridge, which has already been partially demolished following the Dec. 14 accident.

“The Obama Administration stands ready to provide emergency relief from the explosion that has caused enormous disruption to travelers and business and has required a major cleanup effort,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a news release.

The federal funding became possible after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Tuesday. The freeway carries about 225,000 vehicles a day, and Southland motorists suffered severe traffic bottlenecks on highways and surface streets across the region for days after the incident.

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Photo: Caltrans crews work to demolish a portion of the damaged Paramount Boulevard overpass on the 60 Freeway. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

 
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