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San Luis Obispo County, California

Public Works
Wade Horton


County of San Luis Obispo Public Works Department
Receives Prestigious APWA Accreditation

976 Osos Street
Room 206
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
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Business Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

(805) 781-5252


(805) 781-1229

Bridge Projects

Mission Statement

The Bridge Design Group executes the County’s Capital Plan for the improvement of the County’s bridges, culverts and other structures through the effective and economic utilization of human and fiscal resources in the preparation and review of engineering reports, detailed design plans, technical specifications and construction contract documents.


  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships and coordination with Caltrans
  • Maintain a robust structure improvement program addressing the needs of the County
  • Increase the average General Appraisal Rating of the County’s bridge inventory
  • Maximize available federal and state funding in order to preserve County resources
  • Allocate in-house staff economically for the timely delivery of projects for construction
  • Manage outside consultant services effectively to receive the maximum benefit
  • Pursue professional development of the engineering staff through continuing education

Duties of the Bridge Design Group include the following:

  • Develop and maintain project work schedules for all Bridge Design projects
  • Prepare design reports, detail plans and technical specifications in-house
  • Review and approve reports, plans and specifications prepared by outside consultants
  • Manage in-house staff and consulting engineers to complete projects for construction
  • Maintain, update and improve the Bridge Design standards for the County
  • Provide technical support related to structural engineering to other divisions
  • Coordinate with Caltrans

Bridge replacements and retrofits ensure the County's bridges are safe, and can meet current and future automobile, bicycle, and pedestrian needs. Caltrans engineers regularly inspect County owned bridges that are longer than 20 feet for safety, and to determine eligibility for federal and state funding. Project Engineering is by San Luis Obispo County Public Works. Projects are engineered and managed by a team of dedicated civil engineers. It takes a minimum of 5 years to deliver a bridge project from project initiation to beginning of construction, to assure:

► public notice and concerns are addressed

► private property rights are fully respected

► contracted work is awarded fairly and competitively

► compliance with environmental laws and regulation

► to allow for public utilities that may conflict with the project to move their facilities



Kidd Cody Immel, PE, PLS

County Bridge Engineer | (805) 781-5252 | | LinkedIn


Environmental Notices


Active Bridge Projects

River Grove Drive at Estrella River, (map)

  • Construction planned for summer of 2018
  • Informational meeting at the bridge May 18, 2017 at 5:30 pm
  • Draft environmental document available for review, public comment period ends 5/25/17

Branch Mill Road at Tar Springs Creek, (map)

  •  Construction complete 2016!

Geneseo Road at Huer Huero Creek, (map)

Air Park Drive at Oceano Beach Lagoon, (map)

  •  Construction planned for summer of 2018

Cypress Mountain at Klau Creek, (map)

  •  Construction commences June 2017

El Camino Real at Santa Margarita Creek, (map)

Lopez Drive at Lopez Lake, (map)

South Bay Boulevard at Los Osos Creek, (map)

Avila Beach Drive at San Luis Obispo Creek, (map)

  •  Construction planned for summer of 2018

Dover Canyon Road at Jack Creek, (map)

Jack Creek Road at Paso Robles Creek, (map)

Toro Creek Road at Toro Creek, (map)


External Links

Caltrans Structures Maintenance & Investigation

Caltrans District 5 Local Assistance

San Luis Obispo Council of Governments

National Bridge Inventory

Bridge Hunter