Interstate 10 will partially reopen July 24, officials have announced, bringing relief much sooner than expected to truckers and other motorists who depend on the route connecting Southern California and Phoenix.
Just one lane will be open in each direction, where floodwaters caused the collapse of the Tex Wash bridge near Desert Center, Calif.
Work on rebuilding the eastbound span will start after one lane of traffic in each direction is routed over the westbound span. Existing detours remain in effect until July 24.
The California Department of Transportation says I-10 typically sees 54,000 vehicles a day in the area of the bridge collapse, which is about 50 miles west of the California-Arizona line.
"It definitely added about 150 to 200 miles to my trip with two or three extra hours of pointless driving, and if the 10 was fixed, I could be home with my family enjoying the AC," said Miguel Brice, a truck driver trying to get back to Phoenix, according to TV station KESQ.