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Dana Point Times
The aging pedestrian bridge over Pacific Coast Highway was demolished June 2, closing traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The bridge was located around the 34600 block of Coast Highway in Capistrano Beach, near Surfside Inn.
The County of Orange determined the bridge, which was built about 30 years ago, was deemed to have excessive concrete spalling, corroding reinforcement and a lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for its lack of an elevator.
A temporary signalized crosswalk will be implemented immediately south of the existing bridge location, with local access only.
Plans to build a permanent crosswalk on Coast Highway at the Surfside Inn were recently approved by the Planning Commission and City Council. The project includes the construction of a fully signalized, at-grade pedestrian crosswalk/intersection. The county will leave the bridge over the railroad tracks until a separate project to replace it has been approved.
Plans call for signage to alert drivers of the new crosswalk once it is constructed. The Commission also said that no parking will be lost in the area because of the crosswalk construction.