Flames first broke out shortly after midnight on Nov. 11 in a storage yard underneath the 10 Freeway near East 14th and Alameda streets. The blaze engulfed both sides of 14th Street underneath the 10, eventually melting some of the freeway’s steel guardrails and damaging fire engines, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said.
After more than 160 firefighters from 26 companies extinguished the flames, hazmat crews had to complete an assessment of the scene before structural engineers were able to begin their work to determine if the entire roadway would need to be rebuilt.
On Monday, it was announced that the vital artery of the 10 would be closed indefinitely, and Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass stated that the “path forward” for fixing the freeway was unclear.
The following day, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the affected stretch of the 10 could reopen within three to five weeks and that no demolition was necessary.
Also known by the shorthand term Airspace, the agency is “responsible for leasing and managing those properties or sites held for a transportation purpose that can safely accommodate a secondary use,” according to their website.
Newsom also said that the state is currently in litigation with the company leasing the property, Apex Development Inc.
The case is expected to be heard in court in early 2024.
“We’ve been in a litigious posture for some time,” Gov. Newsom said on Monday. “They stopped paying their rent, they’re out of compliance…and they have been subleasing this site to at least five, maybe as many as six tenants, without authorization from Caltrans or from our federal partners.”
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