The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is
alerting motorists that Interstate 10 (I-10) closed between Route 86 and the Arizona
State Line at approximately 2:30 P.M., Sunday after a severe storm
caused a section of the interstate to collapse. I-10 eastbound collapsed and
the westbound direction was severely undermined at Tex Wash (Adair
Overcrossing), about 44 miles east of Route 86 (Coachella) and 42 miles west of
the Arizona State Line.
engineers will be on scene early Monday morning, July 20, to begin damage
assessment at the location of the collapse along with other surrounding washes
and structures along this section of I-10. Once the damage assessments are
complete and the repairs are determined, more information will be released
along with an estimate as to when the interstate may reopen. An emergency
contract will be necessary to make the repairs to the interstate.
advised to avoid travel on I-10 until further notice and use other detours
routes such as Arizona Route 95 to Interstate 40 (I-40) or Interstate 8 to
State Route 111 (SR 111) to Route 86 to access I-10.
177 and 78 are also closed at this time due to flooding and cannot be used as detours.
If you plan to travel in desert regions of Riverside
or San Bernardino counties, please be prepared for
severe storms over the next two days. Carry sturdy shoes, warm
clothing, water, a charged cell phone, and ensure that your gas tank is full.
encounter running water – turn around-don’t drown! Two feet of running
water can lift a large vehicle or bus and six inches of running water can sweep
a person away. I-10 is a major goods movement route and carries local
destination, domestic trade, as well as some longer haul international cargoes.
It is one of the largest arterial roadway systems to play a critical role providing
last mile connections to regional
ports, manufacturing facilities, intermodal terminals and warehouses, and
Traffic volumes along I-10 between Coachella and Arizona
average about 27,000 vehicles per day.
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