The Avila Beach Drive Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project is located at the crossing just west of the town of Avila Beach where Avila Beach Drive crosses over San Luis Obispo Creek. The existing bridge was built in 1967 to provide the only public access road to Port San Luis and Diablo Canyon Power Plant.
The Bridge is subject to collapse during an earthquake and the seismic retrofit will assure an evacuation route and will upgrade the bridge to current codes.
Project Status - August 20, 2018
Chevron Environmental Management has finished the removal of their 5 abandoned pipes from the underside of the bridge and they are currently in the process of moving off the site.
Souza Construction has begun work including:
- Work below and around Abutment 1, which is the abutment on the west (Port San Luis Harbor) side,
- Excavation around Pier 3 and removal of the old pierwall jacket to prepare for its replacement - this will first require them to construct shoring by installing a steel plate cofferdam around Pier 3, and
- Erected scaffolding under the bridge at Piers 4 and 5 to begin work on the seismic retrofit features that will strengthening the connect between bridge deck spans and the piers.
Project Status - August 8, 2018
The County has received all required pre-construction submittals from Souza Construction. Souza received the Notice to Proceed from County Public Works Department on July 31 and will begin their work under the bridge on Monday, August 6. Chevron Environmental Management is currently working under the bridge in the process of removing a set of five abandoned pipes. To date they have removed the pipes from two of the eight spans to make way for Souza to do their work.
Project Status - June 18, 2018
County has received all permits, clearances, and funding through Caltrans. The County selected a construction contractor, Souza Construction, on May 31 and the Board of Supervisors is officially awarding the contract on June 19 for $1,757,317. The County plans on issuing the Notice to Proceed on July 16.