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News - October 30, 2019

Woodside to repair Old La Honda Road bridge

by Rick Radin

The Woodside Planning Commission has approved an environmental review and conditional use permit for a project to repair a 95-year-old bridge on Old La Honda Road, about a tenth of a mile west of Portola Road.

A recent Caltrans study reported that the bridge is "structurally deficient" and experiencing advanced deterioration of its exterior girders and abutment walls and gave it a 36.8 rating for "sufficiency," with 100 being the highest score possible, according to Woodside Planning Director Jackie Young.

"A rating of zero is the worst possible bridge," she said.

The planning and design cost of the bridge is expected to be about $1.1 million, with an additional $600,000 to $800,000 for construction, according to Woodside Public Works Director Sean Rose.

A repair or replacement of any bridge with less than a 50 rating is eligible for federal funding, which Woodside will use to pay for 89% of the cost, with the town paying for the rest, Rose said.

Rose recommended the repair plan that calls for placing a culvert 84 inches in diameter along with cement under the bridge to create a channel instead of replacing the entire structure.

"Right now there's a rectangular concrete opening," Rose said. "We're going to put a pipe inside the opening and build concrete walls and encase the culvert in concrete."

The bridge, which normally carries about 120 vehicles per day, will stay open at all times during the repair work, according to the staff report.

The bridge is still safe to travel on, but the public works department has put in traffic markers to guide drivers toward the center of the bridge, away from weaker areas on the edges, Rose said.

Public works hopes to receive Town Council approval and put the project out to bid in January with work to last about two months beginning in May or June, Rose said.

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