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Southern Heights Bridge Replacement

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) routinely inspects bridges across the state to ensure the public’s safety. Through this process, the Southern Heights Bridge was identified as needing reconstruction to meet current design, structural, and safety standards. In June 2016, the City retained Mark Thomas to begin preliminary design and public outreach for this bridge. Subsequently, the City has diligently worked to perform bridge design, obtain environmental clearance, and obtain a right of way certification in January 2020 approving the City’s coordination efforts with utility companies and private property owners.

In July 2020, PG&E, Comcast, and AT&T began the process of relocating overhead utility lines away from the bridge to provide the City’s yet-to-be-determined bridge contractor with working space without having heavy equipment interfere with the utility lines. Concurrent with this utility work, staff advertised the construction plans and specifications to solicit contractor bids for the bridge replacement work and anticipate bringing this construction contract before the City Council soon.

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Goals for Project

  • Replace the existing wood bridge with a concrete bridge that is wide enough for emergency vehicles

Overall Objective

  • Replace and upgrade the current bridge

Timeline

Advertised to solicit contractor bidsAugust 4, 2020
Bids dueSeptember 2020
City Council action to award construction contractSeptember - October 2020
ConstructionDecember 2020 - August 2021

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