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Island Way Bridge as seen in 2011, will undergo $1.42 million in improvements. Photo by Andrea Swayne
Island Way Bridge as seen in 2011, will undergo $1.42 million in improvements. Photo by Andrea Swayne

By Andrea Papagianis

The Orange County Board of Supervisors awarded a $1.42 million contract on Jan. 28 to a Gardena-based construction company for needed repairs to the Island Way Bridge.

The bridge links together Dana Point Harbor Drive and Dana Drive. It was built in 1969 during construction of the Dana Point Harbor and was seismically retrofitted in 2001, according to a county staff report.

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

Much of the project’s funding will come from county funds allocated by the state in 2006 as part of Proposition 1B, for local streets and roads improvements. The remainder will come from gas taxes.

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