Sunday, May 20, 2012

Caltrans Opens Paramount Blvd. Bridge on May 19

Vehicles traverse Paramount Blvd. bridge on Saturday.
NEWS RELEASE

State of California • Department of Transportation
Date:           May 19, 2012
District 7:     Los Angeles & Ventura counties
Contact:       Patrick Chandler
Phone:         C - 213-897-3630

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Caltrans Opens Paramount Blvd. Bridge Today

MONTEBELLO — The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) opened Paramount Boulevard bridge in both directions, as well as the adjacent on- and off-ramps for general traffic on Saturday, May 19 at 11:25 a.m.  The original bridge was demolished after it was severely damaged by a fuel tanker truck fire on December 14, 2011.

The Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Program provided all of the funding for the project, including the initial demolition and clean-up costs, construction of a new bridge, and the realignment of ramps near the bridge on Paramount Boulevard.

The original bridge was built in 1967. The new structure, which meets current state and federal bridge construction standards, is:

·    128 feet wide, 32 feet wider than the old bridge.

·    Has one additional northbound lane and standard 8-foot shoulder widths.

·    Has a 14-foot center median and six-foot sidewalks. The previous center median is 12 feet and the    sidewalks are five feet.