Good news: construction on the Del Mar Avenue/Alhambra Wash Bridge reconstruction project is now underway, with an official groundbreaking ceremony set for March.
The project will involve the removal of the existing bridge as well as the construction of a new bridge to meet current design standards. Construction crews will also work on the reconstruction of the roadway leading to the bridge, as well as on the installation of new street lighting and the replacement of the existing traffic signal at the intersection with Commercial Center. If you frequent the San Gabriel Square shopping center, you probably know that this intersection is often impacted due to traffic, so a dedicated left turn lane will be added as part of the project.
During construction, please keep in mind that traffic will be impacted. A minimum of one lane will be open in each direction during construction, and access to homes and businesses will be maintained. In addition, a temporary detour ramp and traffic signal at Bencamp Street will be constructed along with a driveway widening project at Abbot Avenue. This will help improve access to the San Gabriel Square shopping center during construction.
The project is being worked on by our own Public Works department in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works using federal and city funds. Construction is expected to last for 24 months with a completion date of 2020. The current project is budgeted at $8.8 million.
As a bit of backstory, the current bridge is 78 years old, and is now classified as “structurally deficient and functionally obsolete” according to the Public Works website. The new bridge will feature widened traffic lanes, concrete components and new architectural treatments that will provide a distinctive entry point into the Golden Mile District.