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:
At their October 2, 2019 Special meeting, the City Council:
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 30, 2019 or wait for the next work period allowed by the 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: email@example.com or Phone: (415) 384-4800.