SACRAMENTO -- They might look quaint, but Calrans wants Sacramento bridges to look more modern.
There's plenty of charm with some of Sacramento County's spans, but 13 area bridges may be replaced.
Assuming the federal government reopens its pocket book, county officials are looking for about $80 million in funding.
Bridges such as the one that takes you over Dry Creek near Roseville, just isn't up to the task of accommodating a modern commute. The bridge is 73-years-old. It's so narrow that the county had to turn it into a one-lane span, holding up traffic in alternating directions. Newer vehicles are wider than model T's. And the creek runs higher than it did before, bringing flood conditions into play.
Once completed, the new span will be a full 10-feet higher, and will be much more capable of taking whatever the commute throws at it. It will be funded, at least in part, by $80 million dollars the county is hoping to see.
Bridges slated for replacement over the next five years:
• Alta Mesa Road at Laguna Creek
• Apple Road culvert at Fruit Channel
• Elk Grove-Florin Road bridge at Elder Creek
• Franklin Boulevard at Lost Slough
• Ione Road at Buckeye Creek
• Ione Road at Willow Creek
• McKenzie Road at Laguna Creek
• Michigan Bar Road at Cosumnes River
• New Hope Road at Grizzly Slough
• Rio Linda Boulevard at North Channel Dry Creek
• Twin Cities Road at Snodgrass Slough
• Vineyard Road at Laguna Creek
• Winding Way at Chicago Creek
Source: Sacramento Bee