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By Andrea Papagianis
Construction has begun to repair the Dana Point Harbor’s island bridge.
Crews will work until the end of May to replace existing pavement, resurface the bridge deck and improve ramps and crosswalks to conform to the American with Disabilities Act, according to county officials. Additionally, mechanisms will be installed on bridge piers to prevent future corrosion.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors awarded a $1.42 million contract in January to a Gardena-based construction firm for needed repairs and upgrades to Island Way Bridge, which links Dana Point Harbor and Dana drives. The bridge was built in 1969 and was seismically retrofitted in 2001.
One lane of traffic and one sidewalk will be open at all times, said Hamid Abedzadeh, senior resident engineer with Orange County Public Works.
Much of the project’s funding will come from the $61 million in county monies, allocated by the state in 2006 as part of Proposition 1B, for local streets and roads improvements. The money was dispersed in four increments, and as of June 2014, any remaining funds must be returned to the state. The remainder, about 47 percent, will come from the state’s gas taxes.