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Night Work on Los Carneros Bridge Starts Next Week
updated: Aug 08, 2014, 10:38 AM

Source: City of Goleta

The Los Carneros Overhead Bridge Replacement Project has been underway since February 2014. Most of the work has been taking place underneath the bridge and so it may appear that not much has been happening. Starting next week, in addition to the regular daytime work, night work is scheduled. On Wednesday, August 13, bridge demolition will begin at 8 pm and will continue until 6 am on Thursday, August 14. Work will commence again at 8 pm Thursday night and continue through 6 am on Friday morning. This work will remove the portion of the bridge directly over the railroad tracks.

Additional night work between the hours of 8 pm and 6 am is tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 18 through Wednesday, August 20 to continue with demolition of the portion of the bridge which is not directly over the railroad tracks. The night work is expected to end by 6 am on Thursday, August 21.

During both of these periods the bridge will remain open with one lane in each direction. Please obey all signs and construction workers while driving, walking and cycling over the bridge.

Your patience is appreciated while we complete this important safety project.

For more information visit www.LosCarnerosBridgeProject.com.

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BACKGROUND ON THE PROJECT

The bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad at Los Carneros Road was built in the 1960s. Like many bridges of that era, it was constructed using a concrete mix that contained "reactive aggregate." Years of use and water intrusion are the catalysts for the reaction that separates the concrete from the reinforcing steel until it must be replaced to maintain the safety of the structure.

Three of Goleta's oldest bridges were built with reactive aggregate: Winchester Canyon overcrossing (which has been replaced), the Hollister Avenue Bridge (which is scheduled to be replaced in late 2015) and the Los Carneros Overhead Bridge. The project is anticipated to require 20 months to complete.

 

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