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Pedestrian bridge in downtown SLO to be closed 8 weeks for repairs

The Warden Bridge in downtown San Luis Obispo will be closed starting Tuesday as the bridge undergoes repair work.
The Warden Bridge in downtown San Luis Obispo will be closed starting Tuesday as the bridge undergoes repair work. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

The Warden Bridge, heavily used by pedestrians going from Mission Plaza to Creeky Tiki restaurant and nearby shops in downtown San Luis Obispo, will be closed starting Tuesday as the bridge undergoes repair work.

According to a news release from city project manager Mike McGuire, the repair work will take eight weeks. The bridge deck and railing supports will be repaired and the railing itself will be replaced. A diseased Monterey pine tree at the north end of the span will be removed.

Access to the bridge will be closed on either side, but Mission Plaza will remain open. It can be accessed from Chorro and Broad streets.

Walkways along San Luis Obispo Creek will remain open except near the bridge.

Project manager Mike McGuire said the repair work will be overseen by general contractor R. Burke of San Luis Obispo under a contract valued at $71,589.

The bridge, built in the 1920s, has had periodic repairs over the years, McGuire said. Bricks were installed at one point, and the railing has been changed at least once, he said.

This time, new railing will be installed that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, McGuire said.

The work is to be wrapped up by April 15, though McGuire hopes the project will be done by the first week of April.

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