POLLOCK PINES — Viking Construction of Rancho Cordova has been awarded the contract to construct a new bridge on U.S. Highway 50 at the Sly Park Road undercrossing in Pollock Pines, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced Wednesday.
Thank you for reading the MtDemocrat.com digital edition. In order to continue reading this story please choose one of the following options.
If you are a current subscriber and wish to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com, please select the Subscriber Verification option below. If you already have a login, please select "Login" at the lower right corner of this box.
Special Introductory Offer
For a short time we will be offering a discount to those who call us in order to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com and start your print subscription. Our customer support team will be standing by Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm to assist you.
If you are not a current subscriber and wish not to take advantage of our special introductory offer, please select the $12 monthly option below to obtain access to MtDemocrat.com and start your online subscription
Viking submitted the lowest bid at $5.2 million. The total cost of the project is estimated at $7.6 million.
The existing bridge was built in 1964 and, while not currently a safety risk, needs to be replaced due to advancing corrosion. Caltrans is responding in an appropriate timeframe to replace it with precast and prestressed concrete girders. The project also will improve sight distance on Sly Park Road, and install sidewalks and curb ramps on each side of the road.
Construction isn’t expected to start until April, but in order to keep the project on schedule and avoid the risk of migratory birds nesting in the work area, several dozen trees were cut down by a Caltrans tree crew earlier this month. The project is expected to be completed in November.
During construction, one lane of Highway 50 in each direction will remain open to traffic at all times. It is anticipated that Sly Park Road will be closed for a total of 15 nights at various stages for dismantling of the existing bridge and erecting girders for the new bridge. Highway message signs will alert motorists to detours during the closures.