There will be a ceremony at 4 p.m. attended by lawmakers, Caltrans, San Joaquin County officials and contractors involved in the project. The event will take place on North MacArthur Drive (south of 11th Street) and include guest speakers as well as a ceremonial shovel dig.
Construction on the 11th Street Bridge project began in April and is expected to be finished in late 2017.
The construction cost for this project is approximately $40 million and is being funded through the Highway Bridge Program, Local Seismic Safety Retrofit Program and city of Tracy Transportation funds.
11th Street Bridge project improvements
Once built, the new bridge will include the following improvements, according to the city of Tracy:
- Two 12-foot wide through traffic lanes in each direction
- A four foot wide median
- Eight foot wide shoulders that will serve as Class II bicycle lanes
- Eight foot wide separated sidewalks on each side that will be protected with traffic side barriers
The 11th Street Bridge project crosses the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and North MacArthur Drive and involves replacing the existing 1,441 foot long bridge in order to provide a safer crossing over the UPRR tracks for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists.
While the project is underway, all access to businesses and residences will remain open, the city said. Local property owners, drivers adn pedestrians may experience traffic delays. City officials recommend residents use alternatie routes when possible.
To avoid the construction area, drivers may choose to stay on I-205 or exit at Grant Line Road. In addition, typical construction related noise may be heard during scheduled working hours.