Stage 1 of the Pollock Pines-Highway 50 overpass replacement is well under way. Steve Nelson, public information officer for Caltrans District 3, wrote in an e-mail to the Mountain Democrat that “Girders on the eastbound section were set last Thursday night (June 27), and we anticipate all work on the EB portion of the bridge to be completed by the end of July or early August.”
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Stage 2, likely to begin some time in August, will consist of “demolishing the existing bridge and constructing a new structure,” Nelson noted. That portion of the project is anticipated to run into October and will include pile driving and girder erection.
Nelson also explained that Stage 2 will require some night work resulting in some closures of Sly Park Road at U.S. Highway 50. The exact dates of the closures are yet to be arranged.
“We anticipate having the new bridge in place by the end of this construction season, but if we experience inclement weather, paving and final punch list items may bleed into next year,” Nelson wrote.
Project cost is $7.67 million and the work is being done by Viking Construction out of Rancho Cordova.