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How to get around upcoming Santa Fe Avenue bridge closure between Empire and Hughson

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Work is well under way to replace the Santa Fe Avenue bridge over the Tuolumne River near Hughson. Federal and state funds are paying for the bulk of the $14.3 million Stanislaus County project, which was deemed necessary after the old Santa Fe br
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Work is well under way to replace the Santa Fe Avenue bridge over the Tuolumne River near Hughson. Federal and state funds are paying for the bulk of the $14.3 million Stanislaus County project, which was deemed necessary after the old Santa Fe br

Authorities will close the Santa Fe Avenue bridge for 10 days as a construction continues to replace the aging structure that has carried traffic over the Tuolumne River the past 72 years.

The road closure will begin at 9 p.m. April 28, and the bridge will remain closed to all traffic until 5 a.m. May 8, according to a news release from Stanislaus County’s Department of Public Works. The timing of the road closure could change, depending on weather conditions.

The bridge along Santa Fe Avenue, between Empire and Hughson, was built in 1947. The bridge is just north of Lakewood Memorial Park.

Federal and state funds are paying for the bulk of the $14.3 million Stanislaus County project, which was deemed necessary after the old Santa Fe bridge was declared “functionally obsolete.”

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Once constructed, the new bridge will offer:

  • 12-foot-wide tra ffic lanes in each direction.
  • A 12-foot-wide center median lane to accommodate safe turning movements to and from existing driveways at both ends of the bridge.
  • 8-foot-wide road shoulders.

While the bridge is closed, traffic will be re-routed through a detour along Yosemite Boulevard, Geer Road and East Hatch Road.

Construction on this project began in August 2017 and is expected to end in summer 2020, public works officials said in the news release.

Officials said access to nearby properties will be maintained at all times. Open trenches will be covered using steel plates at the end of work shifts. Nearby residents and drivers should expect significant delays during commuting hours.

For more information or to sign-up online for electronic updates, visit santafebridgeproject.com or call the project information line at (209) 225-9137.

Rosalio Ahumada: 209-578-2394, @ModBeeCourts

Rosalio Ahumada writes news stories about criminal court cases in Stanislaus County for The Modesto Bee, issues related to immigration and immigrant communities and breaking news related to crime and public safety. From time to time, he covers the Modesto City Council meetings. He has worked as a news reporter in the Northern San Joaquin Valley since 2004.

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