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September target to fully reopen Interstate 10 in California

Emergency crews respond after a pickup truck crashed into the collapse of an elevated section of Interstate 10, Sunday, July 19, 2015, in Desert Center, Calif. The bridge, which carries the eastbound interstate about 15 feet above a normally dry wash, snapped and ended up in the flooding water below, the California Highway Patrol said, blocking all traffic headed toward Arizona. (Chief Geoff Pemberton/CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire via AP)

Emergency crews respond after a pickup truck crashed into the collapse of an elevated section of Interstate 10, Sunday, July 19, 2015, in Desert Center, Calif. The bridge, which carries the eastbound interstate about 15 feet above a normally dry wash, snapped and ended up in the flooding water below, the California Highway Patrol said, blocking all traffic headed toward Arizona. (Chief Geoff Pemberton/CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire via AP)

DESERT CENTER, Calif. — California transportation officials say they’ll need to the end of September — and about $5 million — to fully reopen the desert highway where flash flooding washed out a bridge.

The state’s department of transportation announced the plans Tuesday.

Interstate 10 partially reopened Friday, less than a week after a wall of water rushing through a gully scoured away soil that held the eastbound span over Tex Wash in place.

Traffic is squeezing by on one lane in each direction, as vehicles share the westbound span, which itself needed significant repair work.

The bridge is located about 50 miles west of the California-Arizona border, near the town of Desert Center.

Officials say the eastbound span will be demolished and replaced, with current estimate pegging the cost at about $5 million.

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