Bridges of Yolo County: Wear, tear … repair?
The Buckeye Creek bridge, north of Dunnigan, was built in the 1920s and showing its age by July of 2013. Courtesy photo
According to the California League of Cities, Yolo County would need $27 million to repair and replace all the bridges in its queue. But like the rest of California, there just isn’t enough money to attend to all the repairs at once.
“There’s always prettier or sexier projects than replacing a bridge,” said Panos Kokkas, the public works director for the county.
Caltrans is mandated to inspect bridges all around California every two years, to see if the bridges can withstand natural events like floods and earthquakes, and hold the weight of everyday commuters. Continue Reading