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Widening Project To Close Hazel Avenue Bridge

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, June 11, 2010
Work crews will be shutting down the Hazel Avenue Bridge starting at 7 PM so that they can work on a widening project. Over the weekend, workers will use huge cranes to put the bridge’s new girders in place.
“Each of these girders is about 120 feet long and over 80 tons. So, it’ll be quite an operation.”
Steven White with the county’s Department of Transportation is the project manager. He says if all goes as planned, the bridge will be back open for Monday’s morning commute.
“We’re very confident that we’ll have everything opened up by 6 AM on Monday. But that being said, it is construction and you never know, strange things can happen.”
Money for the $20 million project comes from Measure A sales tax funds as well as some federal highway money. The project is designed to relieve traffic congestion on Hazel Avenue. It includes widening the bridge from four-to-six lanes and adding bike and pedestrian upgrades.

The project is expected to be fully completed early next year.
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