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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.

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  • An “at grade” crossing walk just a few hundred feet north of the deadliest intersection in Orange County is a foolish idea. I can think of at least 5 pedestrians/bicyclists who have been killed or permanently injured at Palisades and PCH, and that’s not counting the half dozen deaths involving trains. There is an agenda in play here besides Safety when Safety is the ONLY thing that should matter.

  • When will people ever be help accountable for putting themselves in harms way

  • They should built another bridge. It could have been cool. I wonder if there was public discussion on this. Did the hotel want at grade or is this a Federal disability thing? I guess we’ll see next summer. Doesn’t seem like it should take that long to finish the whole job. Summer’s coming.

  • I suppose if we hadn’t spent $25,000,000 on town center we would have had some money to build a new bridge. Now, we will have another stop light. And I hope and pray no one is killed.

  • Hopefully it’s not another million dollar ugly waste of money..

  • Asinine. Who’s bright idea was it to tear down the only way for pedestrians to SAFELY cross an insanely busy roadway. All this will do is slow down traffic and get lots of people hurt, possibly killed. The lawsuits in the first year alone will be more than the cost of this MISTAKE. I would suggest, if there are any investigative reporters left, to follow the money. Some wealthy developer must have thought it was an eyesore, and THEY. Never have to take a chance crossing a busy highway on foot. 30 years old? Most of the bridges in America are older than that, carry much more traffic, yet they are not replaced. No, this was personal, someone decided the peasants don’t need to go to the beach if they have to walk. TAKERS

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