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Paramount bridge in Montebello to open Monday

A tanker truck caught fire Wednesday, December 14, 2011, on the eastbound 60 Freeway in Montebello, forcing the closure of the freeway and an overcrossing.

May 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The new Paramount Boulevard bridge in Montebello has been rebuilt after it was destroyed when a tanker truck caught fire, transportation officials said.

The new bridge will reopen on Monday, several weeks earlier than expected. The original overpass on the 60 Freeway was seriously damaged last December and had to be demolished.

The fire burned for hours, forcing a three-day closure of a 10-mile stretch of the freeway. The new bridge, which is wider than the old one, has an additional northbound lane. The cost of the construction was about $40 million.

The California Highway Patrol blames the accident on faulty truck maintenance and is seeking criminal charges against the trucking company.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.