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Interstate 580 on the mend

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Repairs are under way on the eastbound Interstate 580 overpass that burned and collapsed 10 days ago in a gasoline-tanker explosion.

Today, workers from Rancho Cordova-based C.C. Myers Inc., which was hired Monday to repair the overpass, are expected to remove four-and-a-half feet of burned and cracked concrete from the top of the two I-580 columns that were damaged, Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus said Tuesday.

“The columns are concrete with a steel jacket,” Haus said. “When the freeway came down, the deck was ripped off those columns.”

On the morning of April 29, a gasoline tanker traveling on southbound I-880 crashed into a guardrail and spilled 8,600 gallons of gasoline, causing the I-580 overpass above to collapse in the resulting fire.

Workers from C.C. Myers began inspecting the overpass Monday night, just hours after the contract was awarded, and began work Tuesday.

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The company has financial incentives to complete the $867,075 project before the June 27 deadline.

The damaged portion of I-880, which Caltrans said would open today at the earliest, was actually reopened Monday. A portion of the freeway, however, has been closed to traffic for nine hours the past two nights so repairs could begin on the I-580 overpass.

Haus said traffic continued to flow smoothly on I-880 Tuesday, and he doesn’t anticipate any problems the rest of the week.

arocha@examiner.com

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