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End near for 88-year-old Placer County bridge

Gold Hill Road to be closed at bridge from April to November
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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When the Gold Hill Road bridge north of Highway 193 was built, rickety Model A’s were rumbling over its deck and Herbert Hoover was in the White House trying to reverse an epic economic downturn.

Eighty-eight years later, the span between Auburn and Lincoln is ready to be replaced and Placer County has the money and a contractor to do the job starting next year.

The Board of Supervisors approved a $2.88 million contract to replace the bridge over Auburn Ravine starting in the spring. Vacaville’s Bridgeway Civil Constructors is lowest of four bidders on a job that will also include revamping approaches.

Picking up the tab for total costs will be the federal government through its highway bridge program.

A report from the county Public Works Department said the bridge suffers from declining structural condition and isn’t up to current design standards.

The work is expected to close the road from April through November.

“Our department has been working to communicate construction dates and impacts to the local community to help make sure they’re prepared,” senior civil engineer Matt Randall said.