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Seismic work to close bridge

Submitted by on 1, January 20, 2009 – 8:30 amNo Comment

Alameda County is going to be doing seismic retrofit work on the Park Street and High Street bridges this year. And that’s going to mean lane and bridge closures in the coming months.

First up is work on the Park Street Bridge, which is slated to take place between February 2 and April 30. The county is expecting to have at least one lane open each way during construction; we’ll have full use of the bridge on weekends and holidays. Pedestrian and bike traffic on the bridge won’t be affected by the work, according to this presentation.

Construction on the High Street Bridge is expected to start on May 4 and continue through August 28, and the bridge is slated to close while the work is being performed, opening only on Sundays and designated holidays. Traffic will be re-routed to the Fruitvale Bridge.

The job’s being called a “no collapse” project, meaning the bridges wouldn’t collapse in a major earthquake. They could still face major damage, though, meaning they could be out of commission for a while if a big one hits.

Golden State Bridge Inc. got the contract for the $1.5 million project, which is being paid for with federal and state Prop. 1B funds. For up-to-date information on the project, click here. Or check out the City Council meeting at 7:30 tonight, where the presentation I’ve linked above will be given.

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