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Workers continue rebuilding I-10 bridge through heat wave

File: A pickup truck crashed into the collapse of an elevated section of Interstate 10 in Desert Center, Calif. The bridge continues to be under construction.
File: A pickup truck crashed into the collapse of an elevated section of Interstate 10 in Desert Center, Calif. The bridge continues to be under construction.
Chief Geoff Pemberton/CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire via AP

Construction on the Interstate 10 Freeway, where a bridge collapsed in late July, continues as temperatures rose Friday.

The I-10 eastbound portion of the bridge collapsed near the Coachella Valley. Shortly after the collapse, the freeway was reopened by having one of the previous westbound lanes changed to head east.

Crews were prepping the area so they can receive girders that will go in during the weekend, said Caltrans's Tyeisha Prunty. Crews are scheduled to continue working through Labor Day weekend.

Crews have been on site 24/7 and have stayed on target with construction, Prunty said. Regarding the heat, workers have gone through safety meetings where they have been taught what to do in hot weather.

"They'll take more breaks, drink lots of water and use shade as much as possible," she said.

Prunty said motorists should expect traffic delays Labor Day weekend.