State and gas-tax funds to be used for estimated $1.1 million project to update Harbor bridge

Orange County moved one step closer to rehabbing Island Way Bridge connecting the land and sea sides of the OC Dana Point Harbor on Tuesday, by approving staff to collect construction bids. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
Orange County moved one step closer to rehabbing Island Way Bridge connecting the land and sea sides of the OC Dana Point Harbor on Tuesday, by approving staff to collect construction bids. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

By Andrea Papagianis

With approval from the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, county staff is moving forward to collect construction bids to revamp Island Way Bridge.

The existing bridge stretches over Dana Cove, linking together Dana Point Harbor and Dana drives. According to a county staff report, it was built in 1969 during construction of the OC Dana Point Harbor and was seismically retrofitted in 2001. The bridge, one of more than 50 owned by the county, has been identified as needing repair, which county engineering estimates place at a $1.1 million cost, the report said.

“There is not anything wrong with the bridge as far as safety goes,” said Kalid Bazmi, road section manager for Orange County Public Works. “It is like maintenance on your car, you have to make changes to keep it running longer.”

The proposed project will replace existing pavement, resurface the bridge deck with a more durable polyester concrete and improve ramps and crosswalks to conform to the American with Disabilities Act. Additionally, protective mechanisms will be installed on bridge piers to prevent future corrosion.

A majority 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, Bazmi said.

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