Cracks in LA commuter rail bridge to be repaired

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Transportation officials say they will repair visible cracks that have emerged in a bridge that carries commuter trains over a downtown Los Angeles freeway.

Bryan Pennington of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1qia3Lb) the cracks are cosmetic and don't pose a danger to rail passengers or vehicles traveling the freeway.

But as a precaution, Pennington said Monday, Metro Gold Line trains will slow to about 8 miles per hour as they cross the bridge during repairs.

The work is expected to be completed next week.

The bridge opened in 2009 when the Gold Line was extended from downtown to East Los Angeles.

Pennington says the cracks were not caused by a magnitude-5.1 earthquake that struck Southern California last month.