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N Torrey Pines bridge miss on ADA puts city contractor back to work

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There is no ADA walkway disabled San Diegans can use to make their way across the N Torrey Pines bridge over Los Penasquitos Creek. The City of San Diego's contractor will replace a bridge top walkway and concrete underneath the bridge to fix the oversight, but not until Helix Environmental, Inc. does the environmental work needed to guarantee San Diegans still will have open access to N Torrey Pines beach.

The additional environmental mitigation work is needed to get the coastal development permit the city must have to do the bridge ADA renovation. City councilmembers agreed to add Helix Environmental, Inc. to the project agreement. Plans to restore coastal sage scrub to the original project area and the N Torrey Pines reserve were done long ago. The last amendment the city made to the agreement was in 2011. Pedestrian beach access will take a team of architects, engineers, and construction engineers to design.

Bridge renovation contractors will remove the pedestrian ramp and the curbs and rails. Workers will remove the riprap at the north west end of the bridge. And, the contractor will remove the flatwork and continuous concrete that runs underneath the bridge, and take out the signs.

The pedestrian ramp will be rebuilt to meet ADA standards. The contractor might extend the ramp.

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