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,
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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