Del Obispo Bridge Widening Nears End

A construction project that was supposed to conclude last summer may finally wrap up this month.

Construction on the Del Obispo Street bridge over Trabuco Creek may finally be completed by the end of the month.

The City Council first approved the bridge widening project in April 2011 with an expected finish date by last year. But in September 2012, the council extended the contract through to the end of the year.

On the council’s agenda Tuesday is one last contract extension through to April, but actual construction is expected to conclude by Jan. 31.

Several reasons are behind the delay, according to a report to City Council. Besides rain and some unexpected repairs, the city changed the timing of the repairs so that they had the least impact to traffic.

Sue McCook January 15, 2013 at 08:41 PM
One of the major cause of traffic delays is the stop lights on the railroad tracks. It took 2 years to finish the Del Obispo/Calle Aspero project, almost 2 years to try and finish the bridge which isn`t finished. What is going to happen when Ortega/Del Obispo projects starts? Let`s just say I hope there is not a disaster where you have to leave SJC.....you`ll never get out. When it takes 1/2 hour to get from Alipaz to the freeway...one has to wonder.
Penny Arévalo January 15, 2013 at 08:55 PM
I got stuck behind the "ghost train" twice yesterday to shoot this photo. (See http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/city-finds-a-temporary-fix-for-ghost-train-phenomenon ) They don't make it easy to get around town, but it's not like we're master-planned.
Matt Gaffney January 16, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Originally the railroad was supposed to meet with the Transportation Commission to revisit the timing on the track lights upon completion of the bridge. Of course that was when the bridge had a June completion date. This was also before the joint Council/Transportation Commission meeting with the railroad people. As for Ortega Hwy. that's a Caltrans project, & not a project undertaken by the City.


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