Traffic flows again on highway that was shut down by bridge fire

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Associated Press

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 11:05 AM

HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) — Traffic is flowing again on both sides of a major California-to-Nevada interstate after being blocked by a bridge fire that stalled travelers and left charred wreckage slumping into lanes.

Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga says the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 in the Mojave Desert town of Hesperia were reopened at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Northbound lanes were opened earlier Tuesday evening.

The route is a major artery between Southern California and Las Vegas.

The uncompleted overpass, located 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, caught fire Monday afternoon when a blowtorch being used to cut metal reinforcing bars ignited support timbers. Winds gusting to 35 mph fanned the flames.

Officials say the freeway pavement was not badly damaged by the fire.

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