Traffic delayed between Phoenix and LA

Damage to Interstate 10 could make travel between Phoenix and Los Angeles precarious until the road is repaired, officials warned Thursday, just ahead of the busy Labor Day weekend.

Parts of I-10 west of Blythe washed out Wednesday night, and combined with an overturned truck, the freeway closed in both directions. But the road was reopened with some delays Thursday, according to the California Department of Transportation.

Almost 30,000 people a day travel the freeway. Detours around the area are lengthy.

That section of road, between State Route 177 and the California-Arizona border, is undergoing heavy construction, and before the storm, drivers were routed to a bypass to allow for the work. The storm washed out that bypass for eastbound traffic heading toward Arizona.

The area got about three-quarters of an inch of rain Wednesday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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