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Repairs for October's I-5 fire will cost Caltrans $2 million

Caltrans Spokesperson Deanna Shoopman said the culvert underneath the off-ramp to Arena Boulevard acted like a vacuum and sucked the wildfire inside of it.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Caltrans will be doing $2 million worth of emergency repair work after an Oct. 27 grass fire torched several vehicles on Interstate 5 and forced some drivers to abandon their cars.

Caltrans needs to remove and replace about 9,200 feet of guardrail, remove and replace damaged culverts, replace damaged signs, markers, fencing and perform landscaping repairs. 

The off-ramp to Arena Boulevard is scheduled to be closed from Friday at 10 p.m. to Nov. 18 at 5 a.m. Caltrans is also replacing a culvert that runs underneath the off-ramp. 

According to Caltrans, weather or unexpected events might delay the repairs.

The Oct. 27 fire caused temporary closures to both the northbound lanes of I-5 near Arena Boulevard and the southbound lanes of I-5 at Highway 99. It also closed a portion of I-80. 

"[The culvert] acted like a vacuum to suck the flames inside," said CalTrans Spokesperson Deanna Shoopman. "[The fire] heated it so much, [that] it damaged the inside of it." 


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