RIDGECREST, Calif. (KGET) — Officers were dispatched minutes after the largest earthquake to strike the region in more than 20 years to inspect every bridge and highway in the area.
Preliminary reports indicate those roadways and bridges were relatively unscathed.
“We checked every overcrossing and undercrossing and there are no other problems or concerns,” California Highway Patrol Lt. John Williams said Thursday afternoon, hours after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit northeast of Ridgecrest.
Williams said highways were clear with two exceptions.
A large crack was found in the roadway on Highway 178, he said. Caltrans filled it within an hour.
Some debris and large boulders spilled onto Highway 395, but they were also removed within an hour.
Caltrans spokeswoman Christine Knadler said, “CHP and Caltrans work hand in hand to locate and attend to initial obvious road and bridge hazards. Following emergency maintenance work by Caltrans’ Inyokern Maintenance crew, Caltrans engineers will provide additional inspections to determine the extent of the damage to roadways and bridges.”
She said the magnitude 5.4 earthquake Friday morning caused additional cracking and widening of some of the cracks on Highway 178, which were again fixed by Caltrans maintenance crews.