Caltrans today said that portions of the 5 and 2 freeways closed by this weekend’s tanker- truck fire probably won’t reopen until Tuesday, threatening to tie up traffic on the freeways and surrounding surface streets.
The closures, which include the northbound 5 Freeway at the 2 Freeway and the northbound 2 Freeway at Glendale Boulevard, will allow crews to begin repairing damage caused by the intense heat to the pavement, walls, support columns, drainage, and lighting of the tunnel at the junction of the 2 and 5 freeways where a tanker truck carrying 8,500-gallons of fuel overturned and burst into flame on Saturday morning.
A statement issued by the state highway agency said:
Caltrans structural, design, maintenance, and construction engineers have instructed the contractor to construct a temporary system to support the columns which hold the lanes of northbound and southbound I-5. Once the shoring system is complete, the I-5 lanes closures will be lifted. The lanes are expected to open by Tuesday, July 16.
The return of weekday traffic threatens to snarl traffic even further across portions of Atwater, Echo Park, Elysian Valley and Silver Lake as freeway traffic is directed on to surface streets.
Traffic was already bad on certain streets on Sunday, including a mile-long stretch of Glendale Boulevard, pictured above, that was jammed from the 2 Freeway north to Riverside Drive.
Here’s a run down of the closures:
- Northbound I-5 closed at SR-2
- Northbound I-5 to Southbound SR-2 connector
- Southbound SR-2 to Southbound I-5 connector
- Northbound SR-2 to Northbound I-5
- Southbound I-5, the #3 and #4 lanes are closed from Los Feliz to Stadium Way
*Update: CHP reports that the 2 Freeway is now open northbound and southbound.