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Tall freeway spans will be relatively safe in quakes, Caltrans says
Tall freeway spans will be relatively safe in quakes, Caltrans says

The sweeping, graceful arches of Southern California's towering interchanges form some of the most iconic features of the world's most famous freeway network. But in a region crisscrossed by fault lines, the ramps that soar hundreds of feet above traffic, and the lanes that run beneath them, can be disconcerting territory for drivers hyper-aware of earthquake risks. Noel Vasquez of Whittier nervously eyes the carpool lane that curves and tilts high above the Harbor Freeway before connecting with the 105 freeway. "You see it looming, and as you get closer, it just gets taller and taller," Vasquez said. "You drive by and you think, 'Man, I'd hate for...

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