California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: October 11, 2013
District: 10 - Stockton
Contact: Angela DaPrato
Phone: (209) 948-7176


MERCED – Caltrans has completed a $35 million project on State Route 99 in Merced that replaced an outdated bridge with a modern structure while seismically retrofitting two more key bridges, making them more likely to withstand an earthquake.  

The new West Merced Bridge on SR-99 over 16th Street is now better suited to take the daily pounding from heavy trucks loaded with agriculture that regularly cross it. On average, more than 50,000 vehicles traverse the bridge daily. To improve safety, Caltrans leveled off the incline of the new structure, giving motorists a better view of traffic incidents or slowdowns ahead.

Caltrans also seismically retrofitted two Bear Creek Bridges on SR-99 in Merced. 

“This project is a great example of how federal dollars are being used to invest in critical transportation infrastructure,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Caltrans would like to thank the city of Merced, Merced County, and the traveling public for their cooperation and patience during the construction of this project.”

The project received $29 million in funding support from the Recovery Act. Since 2009, California has put about $2.5 billion in Recovery Act funds to work on nearly 1,000 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide.

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