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Tanker fire: Small portion of 60 Freeway reopens

December 15, 2011 |  4:28 pm

60 freeway remains closed
Authorities reopened a portion of the 60 Freeway at Rosemead Boulevard in an effort to ease the evening commute as they continue work on the bridge, which was damaged when a tanker truck erupted in flames.

The 60 Freeway had been closed between the 710 and 605 freeways. Authorities moved the eastern perimeter over one exit to Rosemead Boulevard.

The freeway is not expected to fully reopen until Friday at noon at the earliest.

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Officials continued to urge commuters to take public transportation or work from home Friday to avoid drives that could be double or triple the usual time.

Caltrans was working around the clock to remove damaged parts of the bridge, including the abutment to the columns that support the structure. Workers laid gravel on the freeway to catch chunks of concrete so that the impact would not further harm the road surface.

"Time is money," Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler said. "The quicker we get this done, the quicker we can get the freeway opened."

Officials were also keeping a wary eye on the weather and potential problems that could arise in a lightning storm.


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Photo: The 60 Freeway remained closed Thursday as work crews begin prepared for the demolition of the Paramount Boulevard bridge after Wednesday's fuel tanker fire. Credit: Irfan Khan  /Los Angeles Times