- Published on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 00:06
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier Staff - Town Crier Staff Report
The long-awaited renovation of the Loyola Corners Bridge may be just around the corner, according to a Santa Clara County engineer.
County project manager Amir Douraghy told the Town Crier last week that upgrades to the bridge – first outlined in the 2003 Comprehensive County Expressway Planning Study – are expected to begin sometime in June and require approximately 100 workdays. Douraghy estimated that work on the bridge, which spans Foothill Expressway and connects the Loyola Corners retail district to residential areas west of the expressway, should be completed by the end of September.
“That’s the best that we can project as of now,” said Douraghy, who noted that the bridge is “functionally obsolete” in its current form.
Construction bids should open in March or April, according to Douraghy.
The project calls for a 23-foot widening of the bridge on its north side and an additional 15-foot widening on its south side. Column additions along the expressway will also be constructed to support the widened structure.
Reached by the Town Crier, Los Altos Transportation Projects Manager Cedric Novenario added that the bridge should remain open during renovations, but residents should expect some delays.
“We’ll want to make sure we provide as much access as possible to residents and local business owners,” he said.
The expansion, Douraghy added, will allow engineers to add a fourth lane for vehicles as well as Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalks and bike lanes to the bridge. The new design will result in one through lane and one dedicated turn lane in each direction, he said.