|Inside of the SR-2/I-5 connector tunnel.|
The following solutions will be used to allow the safe opening of the connector:
- Hydrodemolition will remove any degraded concrete from the surface of the structure.
- Shotcrete is a slurry of concrete that is sprayed at a high velocity to fill damaged voids.
- Epoxy injections will help seal cracks in the concrete and provide additional strength to the structure.
- Repave the damaged roadway.
- Upgrade the connector’s lighting, metal beam guardrail, and add anti-graffiti coated paint.
“After several rounds of exhaustive tests, we are confident that our solutions will be quick and cost effective,” said Acting District 7 Director Carrie Bowen. “Emergency projects are always fluid, but we are moving as much red tape as possible to safely open this connector for all motorists.”
The intense heat from the tanker fire on July 13 caused extensive damage to the pavement, walls, support structures, drainage, and lighting within the northbound SR-2/northbound I-5 connector tunnel, requiring it to be closed.