News Release

Please refer to the following press release regarding updates from 7/13 tanker fire:
News Release
Today’s Date: July 26, 2013

Northbound Glendale Freeway (SR-2) to Northbound Golden State Freeway Connector (I-5) Tanker Fire Repairs -Update

Los Angeles – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues tests to determine the extent of damage to the northbound SR-2/northbound I-5 connector and remove remnants of hazardous materials from nearby storm drains.

As part of the first phase of tests, Caltrans has taken core samples of the damaged concrete to test its compression strength and to analyze to extent of damage to the concrete inside of the connector. The second phase of testing will include the use of a ground penetrating radar (GPR) and an impact echo device to determine if there is additional cracking within the concrete inside of the walls, ceiling, columns, and pavement. Once the extent of damage has been determined, Caltrans design engineers will begin to develop a remedy.

Hazardous materials contractor Ocean Blue Environmental Services, Inc. of Long Beach, Calif. continues to remove sediment from storm drains that contain elements of gasoline that drifted into the drains from the tanker during the fire. Caltrans Storm Water and Hazmat Unit has been working closely with the City of Los Angeles Watershed Protection District and the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Health Hazardous Materials Division to ensure proper mitigation of the hazardous materials.

Ocean Blue will continue to work near Allessandro Street and Ripple Street. There will be no street closures, but nearby residents should expect equipment noise during the following days and times:
Saturday, July 27 – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, July 28 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The intense heat from the tanker fire on July 13 caused extensive damage to the pavement, walls, support structures, drainage, and lighting within the connector tunnel, requiring it to be closed for several weeks or months.