California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: December 29, 2011
District: 1 - Eureka
Contact: Phil Frisbie, Jr.
Phone: (707) 441-4678


“Staged” construction of bridge reduced environmental impacts and costs

EUREKA – Caltrans today announced it has completed replacement work on the Russian River Bridge on State Route 222 (also known as Talmage Road) near Ukiah. The widened traffic lanes and shoulders on the new bridge will increase safety for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Caltrans also used “staged” construction on the project, replacing one half of the bridge at a time, to reduce environmental impacts and construction costs.

"This project represents Caltrans’ ongoing commitment to safety and protecting the environment,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

The previous bridge, built in 1954, was replaced due to scour and the migration of the river channel. Scour results from water flows eroding the foundation or footings of a bridge. The bridge was also narrow by today's standards.

State Route 222 is the gateway to the community of Talmage and also serves as the primary access for more than 16,000 vehicles each year to the Bureau of Land Management’s 52,000-acre Cow Mountain Recreation Area.

"I want to thank the public for their patience during the staged construction because it helped us replace this bridge with minimal impacts to the river channel and it lowered costs," said Caltrans District 1 Director Charlie Fielder.

The $10.5 million project was partially funded ($7.6 million) by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. California has obligated nearly $2.6 billion in Recovery Act funding to nearly 1,000 highway, local streets, and job training transportation projects statewide. For more information on the Recovery Act visit:

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