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Public works will protect county water bridges against wear

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Bridge maintenance work county public works workers do to stop bridges from wearing out will start this Fall in three outlying county locations. Early in August, the County Board raised funding okayed last year to fund bridge maintenance projects in three remote locations. Descanso. Jacumba. And, North County Metro.

Funding was raised to 1,050,000 dollars a full year after two mainteance bids came in too high for the city to pay with last year's funding. Caltrans approved the increase in construction project funding.

The additional funds come from the same federal funding program. The Bridge Preventive Maintenance Program. Counties use the federal funds to extend the life of bridges on public roads in the Federal HIghway Bridge Program.

Two bridges on Old Highway 80, near the border, need the maintenace work. One bridge over the boundary creek. And, a bridge over the SDA&E railroad, nearby, on the wet.

Workers will strengthen four bridges against water wear. Countering erosion on the Sweetwater RIver bridge on Los Terrinitos, and, on the Escondido Lake bridge on Lake Wohlford Road.

Public Works Department maintenance projects stop erosion onthe highway crossings and protect against water infiltration. Work patching concrete and sealing the bridge deck builds up the bridge's protection against water damage. The public works workers will also remove pavement next to the bridges, and replace it.

The maintenance will lower water infiltration into the bridge structures, and, slow bridge deterioration. Workers add to the protection against water damage using erosion countermeasures they install in the bridge.

THis is a Front Story CLip.