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Cosumnes bridge replacement project along SR-99 wraps up two years early

Four bridges were replaced by two new, modern ones. The project finished two years ahead of schedule.

ELK GROVE, Calif. — The Cosumnes bridge replacement project on State Route 99 is complete. It started in fall 2019 and construction finished two years ahead of schedule, despite supply chain issues.

The $208.3 million project received nearly $106 million from Senate Bill 1, and more than $102 million came from the State Highway and Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP).

State and local governments worked together to replace the Cosumnes River bridge and Overflow bridge with two new ones.

They also replaced the McConnell overhead and made improvements to the Dillard Road overcrossing. 

The project spans from south of Dillard Road overcrossing to south of Grant Line road, in and near Elk Grove. 

Lee Ann Eager is a chair of the California Transportation Commission and says the CTC prioritizes safety projects like these.

“They came in and said, 'Here’s what we’re going to do, here’s the timetable. We promise you we’ll get it done,' And now here we are. Two years ahead of schedule,” said Eager.

Tony Tavares, Caltrans director, says countless hours have been spent over the years maintaining roads and bridges along the stretch of 99.

“It’s been transformed with many safety improvements, including the latest in freeway lighting, wider shoulders, and over eight miles of brand new pavement,” said Tavares.

Between flooding, constant repairs costing taxpayers and close calls with high trucks at the McConnell overhead, the changes were welcome.

Bobbie Singh-Allen is the Mayor of Elk Grove, and she says the improvements will make drivers safer. 

“Bringing the Cosumnes bridge up to modern-day travel standards improves safety and mobility for more than 70,000 drivers who venture along this stretch of the roadway each and every day," said Singh-Allen.

Additionally, southbound ramps were re-aligned at Eschinger Road.

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