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Glad I did not work yesterday I would have been caught in that Mess on I 10.:smile:

The closure will force motorists seeking to use I-10 to travel between California and Arizona to go hundreds of miles out of their way to Interstate 8 to the south or Interstate 40 to the north.

Busy I-10 is the most direct route between Los Angeles and Phoenix. An average of more than 20,000 cars per day pass through the area that is shut down, according to federal highway statistics.

The westbound roadway was intact but extremely undermined by flooding and could need just-as-extensive rebuilding, Kasinga said.

No timeframe was given for when either side would reopen as crews were diverted from other projects to examine the site.

"They won't even be able to begin assessing the damage until Monday," Kasinga said.

The Tex Wash bridge, built on the eastbound I-10 in 1967, was listed as functionally obsolete in the 2014 National Bridge Inventory. Essentially, the bridge is no longer adequate for its task; however, it was not listed as having known structural problems that need to be fixed.

Center was also closed. The interstate is the major freeway through Southern California, connecting it to Arizona.

"Interstate 10 is closed completely and indefinitely," said Terri Kasinga, spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation.

The Tex Wash bridge - a half-mile east of Eagle Mountain

Contributing: The Associated Press.
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