State Declares Emergency for Riverside County on Day Officials Tour Interstate 10 Repair Site
DESERT CENTER – Supervisor John J. Benoit praised the declaration of a state emergency proclamation Wednesday, which he says will help expedite reconstruction of the Tex Wash overcrossing on Interstate 10.
The emergency proclamation was issued by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for six counties heavily impacted by the recent storms, including Riverside County.
“The state’s emergency proclamation is good news and should drive efforts to expedite reconstruction of the Tex Wash overcrossing,” Benoit said. “At this time, all indicators continue to support a noon Friday reopening for east and westbound traffic utilizing the detour across the westbound span.”
The proclamation directs Caltrans to request federal assistance for highway repairs or reconstruction through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program and directs state agencies to assist with the response and recovery to this emergency.
Earlier Wednesday, Benoit visited the Tex Wash repair site with Sen. Jeff Stone, Assm. Eduardo Garcia, Caltrans District 8 Interim Director John Bulinski and California Transportation Commissioner Joseph Tavaglione.
The officials observed Caltrans and Granite Construction crews stabilizing the nearby channel bed that was washed away and grading the detour crossover. Work is under way to lay and pave the roadbed and install barriers to accommodate two-way traffic on the westbound Interstate 10 span.