Interstate 580 on the mend

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.

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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