Town razes old Glenshire bridge |

Town razes old Glenshire bridge

The final span of the old Glenshire bridge came down with a splash Tuesday afternoon as construction crews from Shasta Constructors completed the last major element of the Glenshire bridge project.

“The remaining debris will be removed over the next few days by Shasta Constructors,” Town Engineer Dan Wilkins said. “The debris will then be recycled to new construction materials for new projects.”

The old Glenshire bridge was built in 1927 and in 1994 an inspection revealed the structure suffered deteriorating concrete.

Due to its narrow width, age and limited railroad clearance, the bridge was slated for demolition rather than repairs.

In March 1998, Shasta Constructors of Redding was awarded the project contract after submitting the lowest bid at $3.89 million.

The company broke ground on the project in the summer of 1998, traffic began crossing the new bridge in November 1999 and this week the portion of the bridge spanning the river was brought down by a hoe ram which chipped away at the span’s supports until the structure collapsed.

Final project costs approach $5 million, Town Manager Steve Wright said, 80 percent of which is funded by the federal government.

The remaining 20 percent is funded by developer impact fees collected by the Town of Truckee.

Contractors earlier removed the portions of the bridge connecting the span to Glenshire Drive, and the portion which crossed the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

During the final demolition the flow of the Truckee River was narrowed to reduce disturbance to the riverbed.

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