If you’re planning to travel on I-10 in California any time soon, you might want to check with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) first. A massive washout has destroyed a section of I-10 Eastbound outside Desert Center in the Eagle Mountain area.
Time for a few detours
I-10 is a major interstate highway that runs from the Southern California freight hubs of Los Angeles and Long Beach across the country to Jacksonville, Florida. Overnight monsoon rains caused portions of the highway to be completely washed away.
Other road closures in the area include California Highway 62 from Iron Camp Mountain to Vidal Junction, CA-177 from I-10 to CA-62, and portions of CA-32. Most of the damaged roads are expected to be opened in the next 24 hours, but the damage to I-10 will take major reconstruction.
Caltrans reports that one lane of I-10 Eastbound is passable, but highly recommends using I-8 and I-15 to I-40 to bypass the region until further notice. Work crews are making surveys of the damage and planning on rebuilding the washed out areas as soon as possible.
This is a developing story and BTU will continue to monitor the situation and report with details as they are released.