Glenshire Bridge to open |

Glenshire Bridge to open

The new Glenshire Drive bridge was set to open to traffic last night, marking the end of an era for the old span, which carried automotive traffic for the past 72 years.

“It’s going to be open tonight by 8 p.m.,” Truckee Town Manager Steve Wright said Wednesday. “The road will be dirt at first and will have at least a 24-foot paved surface by this weekend, weather permitting.”

Wright said contractors hope to have the rest of the paving work and shoulder work on and around the bridge complete by Thanksgiving.

Some other construction remains as well, including the connection of sewer and other utility lines which will pass through the span of the new bridge.

“It is the largest single project in the town’s history,” Wright said.

Construction of the new span cost approximately $5 million, with state and federal money paying 80 percent of the cost and the town paying the remainder from developers’ impact fees.

Glenshire Drive was closed to traffic on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday while workers completed the approaches to the bridge.

“The bridge was 10 feet higher than the existing road,” Wright said. “There was quite a bit of dirtwork that had to be done.”

The old Glenshire Drive Bridge was replaced because of its age and structural deficiencies. It was narrow and had limited clearance above the railroad tracks.

The federal and state funding for the replacement came from the Federal Highway Bridge Replacement Program.

The new bridge is 16 feet wider than the old span, and is more level because the bridge is 12 feet higher on the Glenshire side.

The original application for federal funding to replace the bridge was submitted in 1993. Planners spent the ensuing years acquiring the necessary permits, until breaking ground in the summer 1998.

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