Monday, July 20, 2015

I-10 Closed Near Desert Center


I-10 is closed between SR-186 and the Arizona state line after a severe storm caused a section of the interstate to collapse on Sunday, July 19. Eastbound I-10 collapsed and the westbound direction was severely undermined at Tex Wash (Adair Overcrossing), about 44 miles east of SR-86 (Coachella) and 42 miles west of the Arizona state line.

Caltrans structural engineers are assessing damage at the location of the collapse, surrounding washes, and structures along the impacted section of I-10. It is not yet known when the freeway will reopen. Regular updates will be provided.

Motorists are advised to avoid travel on I-10 until further notice. Alternate routes include Arizona Route 95 to I-40, and I-8 to SR-111 to SR-86. SR-177 and SR-78 are currently closed due to flooding and cannot be used as detours.

If you plan to travel in desert regions of Riverside or San Bernardino counties, please be prepared for severe storms. Carry sturdy shoes, warm clothing, water, a charged cell phone, and ensure that your gas tank is full. If you encounter running water, turn around — don’t drown! Two feet of running water can lift a large vehicle or bus, and six inches of running water can sweep a person away.

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