Highway 38 Closed to Cleanup Oil Spill

Published On : 4/29/2013 12:47 PM
From : KVCR
Categories : Local

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Highway 38 remains closed between Angelus Oaks and Jenks Lake Road while authorities continue cleaning up after a tanker truck on Friday rolled and spilled gasoline along the roadway and into a nearby creek.

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].  

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