This project will replace the Santa Fe Avenue Bridge to provide safer crossing over the Tuolumne River. The bridge connects the nearby communities of Empire and Hughson in central Stanislaus County. Originally built in 1947, the bridge is major north/south arterial road approximately one mile south of State Route 132 serving roughly 10,000 vehicles per day with ten percent of those vehicles being trucks.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS PROJECT?
The project is being constructed by the Stanislaus County Department of Public Works.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT?
After a recent assessment, the existing Santa Fe Avenue Bridge was determined to be seismically deficient and a full replacement is now required in order provide safer crossing over the Tuolumne River that connects the communities of Empire and Hughson in central Stanislaus County.
WHAT WORK WILL BE DONE TO THE BRIDGE AND HOW WILL THE PROJECT BE CONSTRUCTED?
The current bridge will be demolished and rebuilt. The project consists of replacing the existing eight-span reinforced concrete T-girder structure with a new three-span structure cast-in-place, pre-stressed concrete box girder bridge with an overall length of 520 feet. Construction will be completed in two stages to minimize impacts and maintain traffic movement during construction.
Stage 1 Activities:
Stage 2 Activities:
· Installation of temporary trestle over Tuolumne River
· Construction of east side of new bridge
· Demolition of old bridge
· Construction of west side of new bridge
· Removal of temporary trestle over Tuolumne River
· Roadway work
· Bridge opening
WILL ACCESS TO THE BRIDGE BE COMPLETELY CLOSED DURING CONSTRUCTION?
No, access to the Santa Fe Bridge will remain open throughout construction. The project is being completed in two stages to maintain two through traffic lanes during construction.
HOW WILL THE NEW BRIDGE LOOK?
The existing bridge has only two-lanes and is narrow with a width of only 24 feet curb-to-curb and no shoulder on either side. Once constructed, the new bridge will have a hunched superstructure to match the aesthetics of the existing structure. It will also have travel lanes that will be 12 feet wide with 8 feet shoulders and a 12 foot center median lane to accommodate safe turning movements to and from existing driveway located at both ends of the bridge.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION AND HOW WILL THIS PROJECT IMPACT ME?
Impacts to local residents and the traveling public may include traffic delays, detours and typical construction related noise and dust. Traffic detour information will be made available prior to closures and access will remain open during construction.
WHEN WILL THE WORK TAKE PLACE?
Work will occur Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Occasionally, work may also occur at night as well as on Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
HOW CAN I STAY UPDATED?
Communication with the local and traveling public is a priority for Stanislaus County. For more information or to sign up for construction alerts, please visit santafebridgeproject.com. For updates, questions or concerns, please contact the project hotline at (209) 225-9137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.