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Chapala Street Bridge Opening Ceremony
updated: Jan 07, 2014, 11:13 AM

Source: City of Santa Barbara

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ceremony at 10:00 A.M.

Intersection of Chapala and Yanonali Streets

More than a month ahead of schedule, the Chapala Street Bridge over Mission Creek will reopen on Tuesday, January 14th at 10:00 am. The public is invited to join the City of Santa Barbara to mark the occasion with a ceremony to unveil the new bridge, landscaping, sidewalks, and neighborhood lighting.

"We are very pleased to finish up this project ahead of schedule," said Adam Hendel, supervising civil engineer at the City of Santa Barbara. "In addition to the new bridge, we were able to improve neighborhood aesthetics by adding new sidewalks, street lighting, and landscaping. Overall, this is a great improvement project and the first of three bridges being replaced in the lower State Street area".

Construction on the Chapala Street Bridge Replacement project began in June 2013. The old bridge was deemed structurally deficient by Caltrans, and the new bridge was built to meet current safety requirements for earthquake standards and vehicular loads. As part of the bridge replacement project, construction crews:

  • Removed the seismically deficient bridge
  • Built a new bridge and reconstructed sandstone creek walls
  • Constructed new sidewalks and lighting
  • Paved and striped the Chapala and Yanonali Street intersection
  • Planted on-street landscaping pockets

    The majority of funding for the $3.2 million bridge project was obtained through a federal grant from the Highway Bridge Program with the remainder coming from City funds.

    Chapala Bridge is the first of three bridges being replaced over Mission Creek in the Lower State Street area, with the Mason Street Bridge Replacement Project scheduled for construction in late summer 2014 pending funding availability from the Federal Highway Bridge Program. In advance of Mason Bridge construction, the County will increase flood water capacity with the construction of channel improvements between Yanonali Street and Mason Street as part of the Lower Mission Creek Flood Control Project.

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