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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON  MAY  08, 2014

Contact(s):
Rick Marshall
Dep Director of Public Works
(707) 259-8381
rick.marshall@countyofnapa.org
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1195 Third St Suite 101
Napa, CA 94559

Steve Lederer
Director of Public Works

Milliken Creek Bridge will be restored, future vehicle traffic unlikely

County will consider possible uses during restoration

 

(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 process. 

“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,” Marshall said. 

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 publicworks@countyofnapa.org.  


The Board of Supervisors and staff of Napa County are dedicated to preserving and sustaining Napa County for present and future generations as a community with generous open space, a thriving agricultural industry and a quality human and natural environment.

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