Bridge Maintenance and Replacement Program



  • 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  

For comments, questions or concerns please contact:

Kidd Cody Immel, PE, PLS, County Bridge Engineer | (805) 781-5252 | [email protected]

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