An aging, obsolete bridge in Fine Gold could soon be targeted for removal after a public hearing, scheduled for next month, will consider final approval on its replacement.
The old bridge along Road 200, constructed in 1947, is classified as functionally obsolete due to its narrow roadway width of 24 feet, with no shoulders and no timber barrier railings, according to the Madera County Public Works Department.
Its replacement will be a 40-foot-wide, 368-foot long bridge, which, once completed, will be downstream of the older bridge that can then be removed.
The project sits about eight miles northeast of the junction at State Route 41 and Road 200.
Public Works Director Johannes Hoevertsz said funding for the project will come primarily from Measure T, a half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in 2006 to fund local transportation projects.
Hoevertsz said the expected construction year would be 2020, unless additional funds become available sooner to expedite the project.
During the public hearing, scheduled for Nov. 17 at the Oakhurst Library, citizens can comment on the possible bridge replacement and officials will answer questions.
Copies of the project’s environmental reports as well as draft studies are available at the Oakhurst Library, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The library is closed Sunday.
Public review of those documents began Oct. 15 and complete Nov. 16, with all comments in writing and addressed to Larry Tonel at the Public Works Department, Capital Improvement Projects Division, 200 W. 4th Street Madera, 93637.