Demolition to start on bridge
Mount Vernon Avenue Bridge in San Bernardino is about go away.
The 86-year-old structure between 3rd and 4th street just south of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad yard will be torn down and replaced, according to a statement on the city’s website.
The bridge is scheduled to be closed Dec. 18, with demolition expected to start shortly thereafter and take four months. The new bridge is expected to be ready in 2024.
The cost of the project, which is being undertaken by San Bernardino, Caltrans, and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, will be about $25 million.
The bridge has been closed to traffic twice during the past 15 years for “critical repairs,” temporary supports were installed more than 15 years ago and buses and trailer trucks are not permitted to use it, according to the transportation authority.
The new bridge will be open to pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and commercial vehicles.