barricade.jpgWednesday June 11, 2008

First Street in the City of Napa is now closed on either side of the Napa River as a bridge replacement project is underway. Signs direct traffic to detour to Third Street on the south and Lincoln Avenue on the north. The closure is expected to continue through the end of August 2009.

Access to popular Oxbow District attractions such as the Napa Valley Wine Train, Oxbow Public Market, and Copia will be maintained from Soscol Avenue on the west, and both parking lots at Copia will remain unaffected by the closure.

Replacement of the First Street Bridge over Napa River is the last of the major bridge projects needed for the Napa River-Napa Creek Flood Protection Project. Previous projects included replacing the Third Street Bridge (completed 2002); constructing a new bridge on Soscol Avenue to span the future Oxbow Bypass Channel (completed 2004); replacing the First Street Bridge over Napa Creek and the Oxbow Bypass (completed 2005); and replacing the Maxwell Bridge (completed 2006.)

The contractor for the project is American Civil Constructors of Benicia, California. The firm won the contract with a bid of $10,361,263.59. Total cost of the project, including design, property acquisition, construction management and other items, is approximately $15 million.

Learn more about the Bridge replacement here.