Upgrade Of Ranchero Road Bridge Over Aqueduct Delayed

HESPERIA—(January 15) Without stating a reason for the delay, the California Department of Water Resources said the Ranchero Road bridge over the California Aqueduct will not be completed until the first week of February.
The California Department of Water Resources contracted for a $736,000 seismic retrofit to the bridge, which was constructed in the early 1970s as part of the California Aqueduct. Because of continual heavy use, the concrete bridge deck has deteriorated.
The improvements were begun in early September and had been projected for completion by early November.
As a consequence of the project, those transiting the area have encountered closures, detours and delays. Those traveling in the area are advised to avoid the crossing, if feasible. A detour route around the construction zone has been specified and posted.
Once work on the Ranchero Bridge is completed, the Maple Street Bridge over the aqueduct is to be closed.

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