LOS ANGELES – The Office of Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass today provided a morning traffic update as it relates to the closure of the 10 freeway. Deputy Mayor of Infrastructure Randall Winston was joined by General Manager of the Department of Transportation Laura Rubio-Cornejo, Chief Customer Experience Officer for L.A. Metro Jennifer Vides, and CalTrans Public Information Officer Michael Comeaux. Watch this morning's update here.
On Sunday evening, the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department issued a city-wide wireless emergency alert directing Angelenos to emergency.lacity.gov. Information is also being posted on Nextdoor and the City’s social media channels.
The Mayor also announced Monday morning that following conversations with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the Federal Highway Administrator will travel to Los Angeles to assess the impacted area. The Mayor will continue to be in contact with the White House and the Governor’s Office to ensure that there are no barriers to rebuilding.
On Sunday, Mayor Bass toured the site of the fire with Governor Gavin Newsom, California State Transportation Agency Secretary Toks Omishakin, Los Angeles City Department of Transportation General Manager Laura Rubio-Cornejo, Fire Chief Kristin Crowley and more. See b-roll of the visit here and watch the press conference live streams here and here.
On the day of the fire, Mayor Bass activated the Emergency Operations Center as the city rapidly worked to respond to this damage. Angelenos should visit emergency.lacity.gov/updates for information about closures, alternative routes and public transportation options by going Metro.
The Mayor has directed all City departments to urgently respond to this fire by:
Ensuring that there’s a plan for Angelenos who commute or live by this incident
Working to get the 10 freeway up and running again as fast as possible
Providing as much information as possible to ensure that our communities and commuters are well informed every step of the way
Many hundreds of thousands of Angelenos will be impacted by this closure, which is why the Mayor is treating this issue with such urgency. During the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Caltrans worked around the clock to complete emergency repairs to the freeways, and this structural damage calls for the same level of urgency and effort.