Route 60 overpass reopens after being torched in tanker fire

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A worker inspects the burned Paramount Boulevard bridge across the 60 Freeway.

Traffic is moving on a rebuilt Los Angeles-area freeway overpass. It's been five months since the old one was demolished following a big-rig gasoline tanker fire that made the previous overpass unsafe.

Caltrans says the Paramount Boulevard overpass on State Route 60 in Montebello reopened Saturday, along with its adjacent on- and off-ramps.

The new bridge is 128 feet wide, 32 feet wider than the old structure, to make room for an additional northbound lane.

The old overpass, built in 1967, was severely damaged in the accident last December.

The Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Program paid for the entire project, including the initial demolition and clean-up costs, construction of a new bridge and the realignment of the ramps.

The highway, known as the Pomona Freeway, is a major commuter corridor east of downtown Los Angeles.

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