A bridge collapse on the I-10 near Desert Center has made traveling between So Cal and Arizona much, much harder.
The bridge gave way on Sunday afternoon after getting hit with over 2 inches of of rain in the last 48 hours:
Some of the heaviest rain in the Desert Center area fell very close to the Eagle Mountain bridge collapse. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/qUfixZDrcV
— WLOS Rob Bradley (@WxRobBradley) July 20, 2015
BREAKING2: A driver was treated after the road buckled and he crashed. Moderate injuries. #I10 #traffic #DesertCenter pic.twitter.com/UHTBH9icNM
— Adam Longo (@adamlongoTV) July 20, 2015
First morning look at the bridge collapse aftermath on I10 near #DesertCenter. I10 closed in both directions. @KESQ pic.twitter.com/KqqFKaEGWy
— Samantha Cortese (@SamanthaCortese) July 20, 2015
Caltrans has the freeway closed in both directions:
**UPDATE – RVCO, EB & WB I-10 Tex Wash Bridge, PM 102.6 — EB 10 closed @ SR 86, PM 57.0; WB 10 closed @ SR 177/Rice Rd PM 105.0 #caltrans8
— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) July 20, 2015
So, how does someone get to Phoenix? According to KESQ, it is not a pleasant experience:
Interstate-10 is closed eastbound in Indio from the 86 Expressway on. That’s forcing all traffic to go south on the 86. You’ll take that all the way to Interstate-8, almost at the U.S.-Mexican border. Then head east to Yuma, get on State Highway-95 back up to interstate-10 at Quartzsite and from there you’re clear to Phoenix.
Interstate 10 westbound is being diverted in Blythe at intake road. Traffic is being routed onto State-Highway 95 northbound up to Highway 62.
Then traffic will head west through Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley and then back to Interstate-10-just west of palm springs near whitewater.
There is no word on when the 10 may reopen.