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Cambria's Main Street bridge reopens to traffic

Soon after the bridge across Santa Rosa Creek opened at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, traffic began to flow as a couple checked out the structure from the south end.
Soon after the bridge across Santa Rosa Creek opened at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, traffic began to flow as a couple checked out the structure from the south end. The Cambrian

Cambria’s new Main Street Bridge across Santa Rosa Creek opened to vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians and curious spectators about 4:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, as expected.

Michael Boyce, project manager for the county Public Works Department, estimated Tuesday, Oct. 21, that the $3.2 million job would be essentially complete by Thanksgiving, with the exception of some planting that must be done after the rains come. Care for those new plants should continue for a couple of years. 

Boyce said a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completed bridge could be scheduled for sometime in early December, weather permitting.

That section of the busy business artery had been closed for about five weeks so crews could demolish the two-lane span that had been there for 92 years and replace it with a new, gently curved 150-foot-long roadway across the creek bed. 

The new bridge has two 12-foot-wide traffic lanes and two 5-foot-wide bike/ pedestrian lanes. 

The cast-in-place concrete bridge spans the creek, with no in-stream pillars to trap debris, allowing more space for flood waters to flow underneath. 

Electronic message boards could continue to show a rolling message about the possibility of lane closures for up to a month more, so that crews can install guard rails, put stripes on the pavement and perform other in-the-roadway duties.

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