Regarding “Carpenter Road bridge project lacking logic” (Letter, Aug. 28): The Carpenter Road bridge project is 100 percent federally funded through two programs that were designed to seismically retrofit or replace bridges in California.
These programs cannot pay the cost of new roadway capacity. They can pay the cost of widened or standard shoulders and pedestrian facilities. The Carpenter Road bridge is being seismically retrofitted and expanded to meet these shoulder and pedestrian needs. The existing bridge is 33.5 feet wide and the new improved structure will be 69.75 feet wide. Considering Carpenter Road to the north and south is just two lanes of travel, it seems appropriate for now that this bridge be the same travel width. Clearly there is width on this bridge for the future accommodation of a widened Carpenter Road.
City of Modesto staff have done a great job designing and implementing this needed project.
Editor’s Note: Machado is Stanislaus County’s public works director.