Caltrans plans to reopen I-10 freeway on Friday

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A 30-foot section of eastbound Interstate-10 collapsed July 19, 2015. (Photo: KMIR)

COACHELLA, Calif. – Stretch of the 10 Freeway that was shut down when heavy rain washed out a bridge halfway between Coachella and the Arizona border over the weekend will reopen Friday, officials announced.

Starting at noon, one lane will be open in each direction, the California Department of Transportation said.

In Sunday’s storm, 30 feet of the eastbound lanes washed away, and one driver had to be rescued from a truck that was on the bridge when it collapsed, authorities said.

Caltrans said the bridge supporting the westbound lanes will be strengthened so it can bear the two-way traffic as repairs are made to the other side.