Commuters were able to hop on the 10 Freeway Monday morning after it reopened ahead of schedule Sunday, but officials say more work needs to be done.
Experts initially believed it would take months to open the freeway after a pallet fire erupted on Nov. 11, closing the roadway from Alameda Street to Santa Fe Avenue.
That estimate was later revised to three to five weeks before it ultimately opened in just eight days. Officials say the rapid opening was made possible by several factors:
Better structural testing results than were expected following the fire;
Rapid debris removal;
Good coordination between state, local and federal government officials;
Crews working around the clock.
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass announced the freeway reopening with a post on X, formerly Twitter, just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday.