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Transportation officials say it's unlikely fire damaged freeway near LA will reopen Friday
MONTEBELLO, Calif. (AP) ' The discovery of telephone lines encased in hazardous materials is delaying efforts to reopen a major freeway connecting Los Angeles to its eastern suburbs.
A 10-mile stretch of State Route 60 has been closed since Wednesday afternoon when a tanker truck burst into flames, damaging an overpass east of Los Angeles.
The shutdown has backed up rush-hour traffic for miles each day since, delaying morning and afternoon commutes by two hours or more.
California Department of Transportation spokesman Patrick Chandler says workers who were tearing down the east side of the overpass had to stop Thursday night when they found a tangle of telephone wires buried under a sidewalk.
Workers were carefully digging up the lines Friday in an effort to avoid exposure to the hazardous materials while not disrupting phone service to the area.