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Pedestrian Bridge Update

An update on the bridge connecting Bayfront and Hauke Parks

 

November 13, 2019

Over the last few weeks we announced the closure of the pedestrian bridge connecting Bayfront and Hauke Park due to one of its twelve support piers being compromised. Here is an update on progress to repair and open the bridge:

Director of Public Works Andrew Poster immediately prioritized the project and brought in structural engineers to inspect the bridge and provide repair strategies. Within days of the closure, Public Works staff received repair strategies, design guidance and contractor proposals to conduct the repairs. Staff also quickly initiated the required consultation and permit process with four regulatory agencies to obtain authorization to conduct the work. These include:

  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
  • California State Water Resources Control Board
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Timing

At their October 2, 2019 Special meeting, the City Council: 

  • Adopted a Resolution finding the Bayfront-Hauke Park Bicycle & Pedestrian Bridge repairs to be categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act and declaring the situation an emergency
  • Authorized a General Fund Budget Adjustment of $195,000
  • Authorized the City Manager to execute construction contracts with Underwater Resources Inc., the lowest responsive/responsible bidder for the pier repairs and a separate contract with the lowest responsive/responsible bidder for repairing railings as needed.

Approval has been received from all four regulatory agencies, City engineers have procured the custom-fabricated materials and repair work began on 11/11/19 on the bridge.  Construction is anticipated to take 2-3 weeks pending weather.  We anticipate re-opening of the bridge by Thanksgiving.

Due to the sensitive nature of the location of the bridge in a wetland, work must be concluded by November 30, 2019 or wait for the next work period allowed by the agencies starting September 2020. We recognize the importance of moving quickly to make the repairs and are aggressively moving the project forward to meet this deadline.

Pedestrian and Bike Access

While the bridge is unavailable, the City is working to provide safe pedestrian and bike access in the area, especially for students as they travel to and from school and sporting facilities. The Police Department recommends that students use the sidewalks on Roque Moraes Drive and Hamilton Drive to access the Hauke Park fields. City staff will install temporary signs and work with local schools to advise students to walk their bikes on the sidewalks.

Updates will be provided to local schools, and large park users such as athletic groups through signs posted in the area, the City’s website and email blasts.

For more information, contact: Public Works Department – Email: publicworks@cityofmillvalley.org or Phone: (415) 384-4800.

 

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November 7, 2019

Since the Council’s prompt actions on October 2, 2019, the City of Mill Valley’s Department of Public Works has been working with the following four regulatory agencies on the required consultation and permit process in order to obtain authorization to begin repair work.

  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
  • California State Water Resources Control Board
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife

All four regulatory agencies recently issued their approvals to proceed with repairs. City engineers have procured the custom-fabricated materials, and repair work for the pedestrian bridge is scheduled to begin on November 11, 2019.  The Department of Public Works anticipates construction will take approximately 2-3 weeks, pending weather conditions, and that the bridge will be re-open by Thanksgiving.   

Pedestrians and bicyclists should continue to follow the Police Departments recommendations below until repairs are complete. 

Further updates will be provided to local schools, and large park users such as athletic groups through signs posted in the area, the City’s website, and email blasts.

For more information, contact:
Public Works Department
Email: publicworks@cityofmillvalley.org
Phone: (415) 384-4800

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October 8, 2019

We recently announced the closure of the pedestrian bridge connecting Bayfront and Hauke Park due to one of its twelve support piers being compromised. Here is an update on progress to repair and open the bridge:

Director of Public Works, Andrew Poster, immediately prioritized the project and brought in structural engineers to inspect the bridge and provide repair strategies. Within days of the closure, Public Works staff received repair strategies, design guidance and contractor proposals to conduct the repairs. Staff also quickly initiated the required consultation and permit process with four regulatory agencies to obtain authorization to conduct the work. These include: 

  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
  • California State Water Resources Control Board
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Timing

At their October 2, 2019 Special Meeting, the City Council:

  • Adopted a Resolution finding the Bayfront-Hauke Park Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge repairs to be categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act and declaring the situation an emergency
  • Authorized a General Fund Budget Adjustment of $195,000
  • Authorized the City Manager to execute construction contracts with Underwater Resources Inc., the lowest responsive / responsible bidder for the pier repairs.

Pending approval from the regulatory agencies, City engineers will immediately begin procurement of materials and repair work, anticipated to take 5-7 weeks.

Due to the sensitive nature of the location of the bridge in a wetland, work must be concluded by November 31, 2019 or wait for the next work period allowed by agencies starting Summer/Fall 2020. We recognize the importance of moving quickly to make the repairs and are aggressively moving the project forward to meet this deadline.

Pedestrian and Bike Access

While the bridge is unavailable, the City is working to provide safe pedestrian and bike access in the area, especially for students as they travel to and from school and sporting facilities. The Police Department recommends that students use the sidewalks on Roque Moraes Drive and Hamilton Drive to access the Hauke Park fields. City staff will install temporary signs and work with local schools to advise students to walk their bikes on the sidewalks.

Updates will be provided to local schools, and large park users such as athletic groups through signs posted in the area, the City’s website and email blasts.

For more information, contact:
Public Works Department
Email: publicworks@cityofmillvalley.org
Phone: (415) 384-4800