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Monday, July 20, 2015

Trouble On Interstate 10

Above, the collapsed bridge. From YouTube video.

The unusually heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Dolores caused a bridge near Desert Center on Interstate 10 to collapse. Until the bridge is rebuilt, Interstate 10 will be a mess.

According to The Desert Sun:
A bridge collapse east of the Coachella Valley late Sunday afternoon forced the closure of Interstate 10 – the main roadway between Southern California and Phoenix – injuring one person and stranding hundreds of motorists backed up for miles. 
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 was listed as no longer adequate for its task, though it was not listed as having known structural problems that needed to be fixed.
Thankfully, our trip today to Lake Havasu doesn't include driving on Interstate 10. We will be on Interstates 15 and 40. I checked with the CHP road conditions hotline and both interstates are problem-free (well, at least, so far).

Clear skies are forecast for Lake Havasu City during our time there. The only thing the storm is causing is some cooling. It will be around 97 degrees there.

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