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Bridge over 60 Freeway damaged by explosion to reopen next week

May 16, 2012 |  1:59 pm

Paramount Boulevard bridge

Politicians and transportation officials will reopen the Paramount Boulevard bridge over the 60 Freeway in Montebello by next week, more than five months after a double tanker truck exploded and irreparably damaged it.

The explosion occurred Dec. 14 when a tanker truck carrying 8,800 gallons of gasoline somehow caught fire and came to a stop underneath the overpass.

No one was hurt, even though it caused a fiery explosion that took hours to extinguish.

Officials closed a 10-mile stretch of the 60 Freeway in both directions for about two days and crews knocked down the overpass after deeming it unsafe.

Officials said the bridge is opening “early”; the original estimate to complete construction was scheduled for mid-June. They plan to celebrate at a news conference Friday, according to a news release from Caltrans.

“Crews will be making the finishing touches to the bridge before it is opened to the public by Monday, May 21,” the release said.

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Photo: A workman walks on the demolished Paramount Boulevard bridge over the 60 Freeway in Montebello a few days after a tanker truck explosion closed it to traffic last December. Credit: Christina House / For The Times

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