Thursday, August 14, 2014

San Pedro Creek bridge replacement detour views Pedro Point shopping

Linda Mar detour good
for Pedro Point business
San Mateo County Times/Aaron Kinney, 8/11/14.  "Pacifica getting new Highway 1 bridge, traffic delays." 

.....  "The 60-year-old bridge over San Pedro Creek on Highway 1 is too low, making it susceptible to flooding in major winter storms, and no longer meets seismic standards, said Caltrans spokeswoman Gidget Navarro. The project began in May, and traffic was diverted west onto a bridge at San Pedro Avenue in June. The new bridge is expected to open to traffic by October 2015, Navarro said, and the project will wrap up by 2016. Federal, state and county transportation funds are paying for the roughly $10 million initiative.

San Pedro Creek provides habitat for the California red-legged frog and Central California Coast steelhead trout, both of which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, so construction will be limited from October to April to avoid harming the animals.  Some businesses at Pedro Point Shopping Center, a strip mall between San Pedro Avenue and Pacifica State Beach, say the project has disrupted traffic, but it hasn't deterred customers in a significant way."Employees at Bruce Ross & Company Salon and Nor Cal Surf Shop said business has actually picked up recently, possibly because the detour makes the shopping center more visible to southbound motorists."    Read more. 

Related San Mateo County Times/Aaron Kinney, 8/12/14, "Pacifica:  San Pedro Creek Bridge replacement at a glance." .... "Estimated cost: $10 million. Who's footing the bill: Federal, state and county transportation funds. .... Reason: The bridge deck is too low, making it susceptible to flooding in a "100-year storm". 

Note photograph by Jane Northrop from Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, 6/24/14, "Long highway detour for bridge replacement." 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The detour has a fan club and Caltrans has a spokeswoman named Gidget. Yes!!!