(NAPA, California) The bridge over Milliken Creek at Trancas
Street, which was substantially damaged in a vehicle collision on May 5, will
be restored as much as possible to its pre-collision condition, but its days of
carrying vehicle traffic are likely over, Napa County Public Works Department
announced today. The bridge, which allows eastbound Trancas traffic to turn
right onto southbound Silverado Trail, has been closed since the incident.
Southbound traffic has been detoured slightly, making the right turn at the
stop sign at the adjacent Silverado Trail and Monticello Road intersection, a
change that will become permanent.
County engineers are developing a plan to reconfigure the
striping at the Silverado/Monticello intersection, to accommodate the new
traffic patterns. Those changes will be made as quickly as possible.
“We understand the community’s interest in and affection for
the stone bridge, so we are starting to consider the role the historic bridge
and roadway will play in our community once it is restored,” said Deputy Public
Works Director Rick Marshall. “It could become a bikeway or pedestrian walkway,
a pocket park, a wildlife interpretive station, or something else. We will ask
the community for input. But our first order of business is to ensure that the
area is safe, then begin the process of repairing the bridge.”
A large section of the stone railing on the south side was
separated from the bridge, and many of the pieces fell into the creek bed
below. Another major section of the railing was significantly disturbed, but is
still in place. Crews are retrieving the stones from the creek bed, and the
County has a stockpile of similar stones from other bridges that were
demolished in the past, in case those are needed to complete the repairs.
Standards for historical structures will be followed during the restoration
“Although we will be able to repair the damage, we have
significant concerns about the cost of reconstructing the bridge to current
structural requirements for carrying vehicles, while also trying to maintain
the historic character and respect the surrounding natural environment,”
Public Works will solicit public input on uses for the
Milliken Creek bridge in the next several weeks and will then ask the Board of
Supervisors for direction. In the meantime, those with ideas or input are
welcome to e-mail them to email@example.com.