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60 Freeway in Montebello to close again for overpass demolition

Traffic is moving again on the 60 Freeway after the tanker fire, but more delays are expected as crews tear down the other half of the torched Paramount Boulevard bridge starting Sunday night.

December 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Traffic is moving again on the 60 Freeway after the tanker fire, but more delays are expected for construction.

It all started after a tanker truck carrying 8,800 gallons of fuel caught fire beneath an overpass, seriously damaging the bridge. The freeway was shut in both directions Wednesday as crews tore down half of the overpass.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It was not immediately known if there was a traffic incident with another vehicle. The truck was the only vehicle on fire.

The westbound lanes of the freeway reopened Saturday around 11 a.m., and the eastbound lanes reopened at about 3 p.m., according to Caltrans

However, late-night drivers will run into more delays as the westbound side of the freeway and several eastbound lanes will be closed for three nights to remove the final part of the Paramount Boulevard bridge that's still standing.

The first closure begins Sunday at 11 p.m.

All westbound lanes and two eastbound lanes from the 605 Freeway to Garfield will be shut during the construction.

Crews hope to have everything back open by 5 a.m. the following days.

See photos of the tanker truck fire on the 60 Freeway in Montebello.


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