Four Bridges Widening
|June 1, 2010. Caltrans has released
preliminary plans for widening shoulders and replacement of bridge rails
for 4 coastal bridges in Mendocino Count near the towns of Fort Bragg and
Mendocino. The four bridges are Little River Bridge, Jack Peters Creek
Bridge, Russian Gulch Bridge, and Pudding Creek Bridge.
provided cross sections
and aerial views of the planned projects for each bridge.
Pedestrian walkways are proposed for all except the
Pudding Creek Bridge (which is excepted by Caltrans because of the
pedestrian/bike trestle over Pudding Creek). The railings proposed are those
used on Ten-Mile Bridge.
Proposed Schedule: Begin construction in 2016 with estimated
construction completion by 2018.
Although the projects appear sensitive to the public's
desire for pedestrian crossing and scenic railings, two concerns are:
|Maintaining the aesthetics of the Russian Gulch
Bridge, which is an early Highway One arch bridge;|
|The lack of a pedestrian walkway on Pudding Creek
Bridge, which is the normal pedestrian route from Fort Bragg to the
Pudding Creek beach. |
Also, there is still a need for Caltrans to develop an
integrated design for its "ST-20 Combo Railing" which is used as a vehicle
and bicycle railing when there is no pedestrian walkway. The current design,
which was shown on the materials presented at the workshop, has
a gap between the auto barrier
and the bicycle railing. This gap presents an unnecessary hazard to
You can express your opinions and concerns to the
Caltrans - District 1