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Historic bridge now retrofitted

SAN DIEGO – City officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the First Avenue over Maple Canyon Bridge Retrofit and Painting Project.

Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer and Councilmember Todd Gloria participated in the event.

“As far as bridges go, this is one of the best. It’s not just a beauty. It has a rich history and it offers gorgeous views of San Diego Bay, Coronado and Point Loma,” said Faulconer, who noted that the historic bridge looks much like it did when it was built in 1931.

“I want to thank all the fine folks who made today possible, especially city staff and engineers, Bankers Hill residents and business owners, and T.Y. Lin International and Reyes Construction.”

The ceremony commemorated the opening of the bridge after 15 months of rehabilitative efforts. The councilmembers were joined by Uptown Planners, Bankers Hill/Park West Community Association, Hillcrest Business Association, and Engineering and Capital Projects Department (E&CP) staff.

“The bridge now meets California’s seismic criteria and will be safe should an earthquake occur,” Gloria said. “It is also in conformance with the Uptown Community Plan and the city’s General Plan, and the surrounding neighborhoods will again be able to connect easily using First Avenue.”

The project’s scope included seismic retrofit, rehabilitation of the bridge deck, removal of existing lead paint, installation of historical street lighting, utility relocation where necessary, and repainting the entire bridge structure to its original color.

The City’s E&CP Department provides a full range of engineering services for the City’s capital investments in various types of infrastructure and provides traffic-engineering services to the community. Additional information about other important capital improvement projects can be found online at www.sandiego.gov/engineering-cip/.