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.
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.