HLE Hurries to Repair Roads after 5 Freeway Tanker Fire

Saturday morning, a tanker filled with 7500 gallons of gasoline crashed on the 5 and 2 freeway interchange in Los Angeles.  Damage was caused to the I-5 Freeway bridge due to the intense heat from the fire.  Several long-term closures have been made, rerouting traffic and slowing down drivers on nearby roads.

HLE is contracting with Caltrans to make the freeway drivable again.  They are working 24 hours a day to complete the repairs in the next 55 days.  Stay tuned for more updates from the project!  You can also find out more information at Southern California Public Radio’s website.

Below is a video of the fire:

HLE has completed a lot of work on this project since this was originally posted.  Flip through the slider below to see some photos of the work.

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As of Friday, the connector tunnel has now been reopened, with some impressive improvements.  New concrete and metal beam guardrails were added, along with LED lights that adjust based on the time of day and anti-graffiti coating. Now, thanks to HLE and the others that played a part in this project, the bridge is better off than it was before the fire. You can read more at the website of CBS Los Angeles.

The slider above has some pictures of the final, completed project.

 

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