Open House Summary
The following is a summary of input provided by participants during the Salmon Creek/Albion River Bridge projects open house which was held at the Mendocino Recreation and Community Center on May 7, 2009.
Number of participants: About 100
Number of comment cards received: 28 - view the comments cards (PDF 2.6M)
- Preserve the Existing Structure:
- Keep current Albion River Bridge for pedestrians/bikes, part of Coastal Trail, and/or historical significance
- Upgrade existing Albion Structure rather than tear down & replace including pedestrian walkways and bike lanes.
- Verbal question regarding the cost to rehabilitate the existing bridge.
- If Albion Bridge is replaced the western alignment is preferred.
- The achievability of these suggestions will be studied:
- A detailed assessment by a structural engineer will occur at the next phase of the project. The assessment will look at the feasibility, cost and service life of rehabilitating the existing bridges as compared to constructing new bridges.
- Reduce the speed limit.
- Lower the 50 MPH speed limit at the south entry of the bridge and remove the sign from the middle of the bridge.
- The District 1 Office of Traffic Safety will evaluate these suggestions.
- If Albion or Salmon Bridges were closed for replacement it would severely impact mobility of local residents.
- Access will be provided during construction.
- Verbal question concerning a possible schedule for replacement of both bridges.
- Once a project is funded it is likely to take about four years to reach the construction phase. Neither project is funded at this time. If these projects do not receive funding in the 2010 funding cycle they would be candidates for future funding cycles (updated every two years). See How Caltrans Builds Projects (PDF 3.4M).