Caltrans spokeswoman Shelli Lombardo says crews had to tear up part of the roadway in order to remove tons of contaminated dirt, and the work continues.
“We issued a Directors Order for emergency repair in the amount we estimate between 300 and 500 thousand dollars. Caltrans has to remove what’s there – the contaminated soil – to ‘clean dirt,’ what we call ‘clean dirt.’ And then we have to backfill with clean dirt.”
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says there's been little damage to wildlife so far.
Officials say about 46-hundred gallons of fuel spilled last Friday when the tanker flipped on what is the main mountain road between the San Bernardino Valley and Big Bear.
Neither Caltrans nor the CHP would speculate on when highway 38 might reopen. One fish and game official says they’re hoping the road could reopen late tonight [Monday] or early tomorrow [Tuesday].