Glenshire Bridge project could be completed in November
Work continues on the new Glenshire Bridge, and the wooden framework for the underside of the bridge will soon span the river, before workers pour the concrete for the deck.
“They’ve got the footings, piers and abutments poured,” Town Engineer Dan Wilkins said. “They are currently forming the underside of the bridge. They expect to pour the stem and soffit [the concrete underside of the bridge] in the last week of August. As of today, falsework for the stem and soffit is almost all the way across the stream.”
Wilkins said the deck of the bridge should be in place by early to mid-October.
“The plan calls for the bridge to be open by the end of November, and the contractor says it will be done,” Wilkins said. “I’m nervous because they appear to be running about a month behind.”
Although a water line for Truckee-Donner Public Utility District will not be placed on the bridge when it is complete, the bridge has been modified to allow room for future installation of a water main and a fiber-optic conduit, Wilkins said.
“Williams Communications will pay the town to put the fiber-optic capacity on the bridge,” he said.
Williams Communication is currently installing a fiber-optic cable which will link Salt Lake City and Sacramento, passing through Truckee on the way.
The present bridge is being replaced because it is structurally deficient due to age, is narrow and has limited clearance to the railroad.
The old bridge dates back to 1927. The project is funded under the federal Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program.
The new bridge is on the upstream side of the existing bridge and will be 16 feet wider than the existing one.
It will also be slightly more level, as the edge of the bridge will be 12 feet higher on the Glenshire side.
The road will be modified for about 600 to 800 feet on each end of the new bridge, and the turn onto it will be shallower than it is right now.
The bridge will cost approximately $5 million, with Caltrans picking up $4 million of the cost and the town the remainder.
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