WHAT IS THE 11TH STREET BRIDGE PROJECT?
The 11th Street Bridge crosses the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks and North MacArthur Drive in the City of Tracy. 11th Street is one of the City’s main east-west corridors that serves local, truck and commuter traffic. The project will replace the bridge to enhance pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular safety and continue to efficiently serve users.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS PROJECT?
The City of Tracy is the lead agency working in partnership with Caltrans and San Joaquin County.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT?
The existing bridge was originally built in 1936 as a two-lane facility and then later widened to four lanes (two in each direction) in 1960. The condition of the bridge has deteriorated with time and needs replacement in order to meet the latest structural and seismic requirements. The project will replace the existing bridge to provide a safer crossing over the UPRR tracks. The construction cost for this project is approximately $46 million and is being funded through the Highway Bridge Program (HBP), Local Seismic Safety Retrofit Program (LSSRP) and City of Tracy Transportation Funds.
WHAT WORK WILL BE DONE TO THE BRIDGE?
Work on this project will include the following activities:
- Replacing the existing 1,441 foot long bridge over the UPRR tracks with a shorter structure in combination with retaining walls and embankment fill at the approaches
- Constructing a two-lane temporary bridge on the south side of 11th Street
- Removing the existing bridge and constructing the new bridge
- Modifying the signalized intersection of North MacArthur Drive and 11th Street
- Relocating existing utilities
WILL ACCESS TO THE 11th STREET BRIDGE BE COMPLETELY CLOSED DURING CONSTRUCTION?
During stage one, a temporary two-lane, bridge will be constructed to maintain access during the bridge replacement. To minimize impacts to the traveling public, pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic will be detoured to the temporary bridge while the new bridge is constructed.
HOW WILL THE PROJECT BE CONSTRUCTED?
Construction for the project is planned to be completed in stages to minimize impacts and maintain mobility for local and regional travelers. The tentative plan can be reviewed below; however, it is subject to change.
- Stage 1 (100% complete): Construction of temporary bridge / traffic switch from existing to temporary bridge
- Stage 2 (50% complete): Demolition of old bridge / construction of new bridge facility
- Stage 3 (pending): Intersection and signal improvements, roadway work / bridge opening
ARE THERE ALTERNATIVE ROUTES TO AVOID THE CONSTRUCTION AREA?
Yes, the City recommends taking I-205 to N. MacArthur Drive exit or I-5 exit to 11th Street, using Grant Line Road to N. MacArthur Drive.
WHEN WILL CONSTRUCTION START AND HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
Construction began in April 2015 and is expected to conclude in late 2017.
WILL THE NEW BRIDGE INCLUDE A BICYCLE LANE?
As part of the project, the shoulders of the bridge will be striped to be 8’ wide and serve as Class 2 bicycle lanes.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION AND HOW WILL THIS PROJECT IMPACT ME?
Access to businesses and residences will remain open during construction. Local property owners and the traveling public may experience traffic delays and the City recommends use of alternative routes during construction. In addition, typical construction related noise may be experienced during scheduled working hours.
WHEN WILL THE WORK TAKE PLACE?
Generally, construction will occur Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Night and weekend work is anticipated as approved by the City.
Timely construction information and updates will be posted to the project website at Replace11thstreetbridge.com. In addition, to address community questions and concerns, a project information hotline can be accessed at (209) 409-3197. The City of Tracy will also distribute traffic alerts and monthly project updates electronically for those who wish to receive e-blasts. You may sign up to receive electronic notices here.