PLACER COUNTY, Calif. — A new Walerga Road bridge over Dry Creek opened Tuesday as part of an ongoing project to improve traffic flow in the area as well as maximize safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Right now, only the two northbound lanes of the new bridge are complete. Traffic will use these two new lanes, one lane for north and southbound traffic, while public works crews continue to demolish the old bridge.
Once it’s fully completed, the new Walerga Road Bridge will be more than three times larger than the old one and a little more than four times longer. The new bridge will also be 14 feet taller than the old one to significantly decrease the possibility of flooding from the creek.
On top of adding extra lanes on both sides of the road, the bridge will have a 12-foot-wide Class 1 bike lane and an eight-foot-wide pedestrian walkway. The bike and pedestrian lanes will be separated from traffic by concrete barriers, according to the replacement project website.
The southbound lanes of the new bridge are scheduled to be finished this year. The whole project could be completed as early as the spring of 2021.
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