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The 1908 Winters Road Bridge is scheduled to be replaced in a construction project that will take up to three years. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

Solano County

County to replace Winters Road Bridge

By From page A3 | January 18, 2013

WINTERS — A historic bridge that crosses Putah Creek near Winters will be replaced with a bridge with similar architecture.

Solano County has long looked at replacing the 1908 concrete bridge, called the Winters Road Bridge. County Engineering Manager Matt Tuggle said Putah Creek scouring has exposed the timber pilings under it.

“That’s the biggest thing – the foundation is basically being undermined on the bridge,” Tuggle said. “That’s why you can’t save it.”

The Solano County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to spend up to $8.5 million to replace the bridge. Money is coming from the Federal Highway Bridge Program.

“We’re going to be replacing a 100-year-old bridge with one that looks much like the old one,” county Supervisor John Vasquez said.

A county report said the bridge is the earliest example of reinforced concrete in the region. Its 123-foot span when built was the longest concrete arch span in California.

The new bridge will also have concrete arches on the underside, Tuggle said.

Construction is to begin in May and take up to three years, a county report said.

The first season should see a temporary replacement bridge built and the existing bridge destroyed, the report said. The second season should see the foundation system for the new bridge built. Finally, the third season should see the bridge completed.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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