CITY OF TRACY CELEBRATES OPENING OF 11TH STREET BRIDGE
Project commemorated with ribbon cutting ceremony
Approximately 50 distinguished guests gathered on the south landing of the 11th Street Bridge on the morning of Tuesday, June 5th to commemorate the successful completion of the 11th Street Bridge Replacement Project. The City of Tracy, along with dignitaries and valued partner agencies, celebrated with an official ribbon cutting ceremony that included a speakers program and distribution of a commemorative gift.
Mayor Robert Rickman was the Master of Ceremonies and special remarks were made by several dignitaries including:
- Assemblymember Susan Eggman
- Scott Tyrell, Representative for San Joaquin County Supervisor Bob Elliot
- Peter Butler, Representative for Congressman Jeff Denham
- Benjamin Henderson, Representative for Senator Cathleen Galgiani
- Kuldeep Sharma, City of Tracy Utilities Director
- Gary Kinst, Lincoln Highway Historian and Author
Construction of the replacement bridge began in April 2015, and cost approximately $46-million to complete. Over 80% of the total project cost was funded through federal and state grants, including the Highway Bridge Program and the Local Seismic Safety Retrofit Program.
The new bridge enhances pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular safety, provides safer crossing over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks, and includes 8-foot wide striped shoulders for Class 2 bicycle lanes. Project activities included:
- Constructing a two-lane temporary bridge on the south side of 11th Street.
- Removing the existing 1,400-foot bridge over the UPRR tracks with a shorter structure.
- Adding retaining walls and embankment fill at the approaches.
- Modifying the signalized intersection of N. MacArthur Drive and 11th Street.
- Relocating existing utilities.
The bridge was originally built in 1936 as part of the coast-to-coast Lincoln Highway, and then was widened from two to four lanes in 1960. The condition of the bridge deteriorated with time and needed replacement in order to meet current structural and seismic requirements.
For more information, visit the project website or contact the project information hotline at (209) 409-3197