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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced on Wednesday that the damaged connector from Interstate Highway 80 to Interstate Highway 880 in the MacArthur Maze in Emeryville will be fully open to traffic within 7 to 10 days.
Speaking at a news conference in Sacramento, Schwarzenegger said engineers have determined that the lower deck that bore the brunt of the collapse can be repaired and does not have to be scrapped and rebuilt.
In an effort to further speed repairs, the governor issued a directive to the California Department of Transportation to use incentive-based contracts.
According to a press release issued by his office, Schwarzenegger told reporters, “Progress on repairing the collapsed freeway connectors is moving at lightning speed. By creating immediate action and cutting the red tape, traffic will flow sooner, so we can move goods and people and protect California’s economic power.”
Schwarzenegger said, “I thank all of the state agencies and local partners for their quick response and I also appreciate the patience of Bay Area motorists during the repairs.”
The explosion early Sunday morning collapsed a section of Interstate Highway 580 near Oakland onto a lower deck, which was the Highway 80 to Highway 880 connector ramp below, causing the worst Bay Area transportation disaster since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
If all goes according to plan, the two-lane Highway 880 connector ramp will only have been closed for 15 days or less since following the fiery tanker-truck crash.
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