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UPDATED Fruitvale Bridge gets stimulus cash for rehab

Submitted by on 1, May 6, 2009 – 5:45 am2 Comments

Updated 11:54 a.m.

The folks out at Caltrans shot me a note the other day to let me know the state’s planning to spend $9.4 million in federal stimulus money to rehabilitate the overhead deck of the Fruitvale Bridge. Bids are slated to be opened on May 26, and the construction could start this summer.

Here’s the deal, direct from Caltrans:

A Bridge Inspection Report prepared by Structures Maintenance & Investigations dated 2/26/2001 and a Structures Replacement and Improvement Needs Report (STRAIN) dated September 2001 identified deficiencies in the bridge including transverse deck cracking and deck spalling. The reports also recommended tying the deck of the original structure built in 1948 to the widened deck built in 1963 so that the entire deck will function as a monolithic deck. This would provide for a more stable structure and will prevent the decks from acting independently which is more unstable.

It is proposed to rehabilitate the deck of the Fruitvale Avenue Separation Overhead Bridge (Bridge N0. 33-0041). The longitudinal joints will be modified such that the original deck built in 1948 and the 1963 widening deck slabs will function as a monolithic deck. The deck will be overlaid with polyester concrete and strengthened with Fiber Reinforced Plastic. The existing tubular bridge railing will be replaced by Type 25 bridge railing. Also, approach slabs will be constructed and the SB 880 bridge approach metal beam guard railing will be replaced by an ET-2000 guardrail terminal.

Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2012, and Caltrans spokesman Allyn Amsk says his agency will be coordinating construction projects along the 880 corridor, including the High Street Bridge retrofit, which is supposed to last through August. “During the construction period on the many projects, access to Alameda at times may be limited but never blocked,”Amsk said.

More information about the constructions schedules is coming, so stay tuned for updates.


  • Lester Cabral says:

    The Old Bridge was replaced in 1974, which is 35 years ago.

    Check out Alameda County Public Works, website, one of the bridge tenders put together a lot of information about Alameda Bridges.

  • Jill says:

    Let’s just hope they have the foresight to ensure that only one bridge or freeway onramp is being worked on at a time. The other day there was construction going on near the Fruitvale on-ramp (the street that goes by the cannery shopping center) at the same time work was being done on the Park Street Bridge.

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