U.S. Senator Boxer to visit MacArthur Maze site
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer announced yesterday she will visit
the site of the MacArthur Maze sectional collapse on Friday and
will be joined by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters.
By Lara Moscrip
May 1, 2007
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer said today she will make a visit
later this week to the portion of the MacArthur Maze that collapsed
after a fuel
tanker crashed and ignited Sunday morning.
Boxer will be joined by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary
Peters and members of the California congressional delegation
on the Friday visit, according to a statement from Boxer's Web
site. Boxer spent part of today in a conference call with Peters
and the head of the Federal Highway Administration, Richard Capka.
Boxer also called Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and thanked him
for his emergency
declaration, which she noted is important in rebuilding the
freeway. According to Boxer, federal law provides for 100 percent
reimbursement of emergency repairs accomplished in the first six
months after a disaster occurs.
"We are facing a critical transportation situation, but
I want to assure the people of the Bay Area that their state and
federal leaders are working together to immediately tackle this
crisis. I am pleased that Secretary Peters and I will be on site
together this Friday to personally survey the damage and get things
moving at the federal level as quickly as possible," Boxer
The tanker that caused the destruction was carrying about 8,600
gallons of gasoline and was headed westbound on Interstate Highway
80 toward southbound Interstate Highway 880 when it crashed and
set off a blaze so intense that a stretch of the I-80 to Interstate
Highway 580 connector, above the ramp, gave way and tumbled onto
the roadway below.
According to the California Department of Transportation spokesman
Jeff Weiss, Caltrans public information officers will be at the
scene at 5 a.m. Tuesday to answer media questions about the demolition
work that is expected to be completed by that time.
According to Weiss, it has been difficult for engineers to get
a good look at the I-880 connector, as it had large pieces of
steel and concrete hanging from the twisted I-580 connector above.
With the work to remove the upper deck complete by Tuesday morning,
it will be possible to make a more complete assessment of the
According to Weiss, it's likely the lower I-880 connector will
re-open before the I-580 connector will be ready for traffic.
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