Report: Seven Bay Area bridges rank among most-structurally deficient bridges


OAKLAND (KRON) — When we talk about Bay Area freeways, usually the top concern is traffic, but a new report is raising safety questions.

It finds that seven highway bridges in the Bay Area are structurally deficient.

A new report by the America Road and Transportation Builders Association finds of the top 50 most heavily travelled bridges that are structurally deficient, seven on the list are in the Bay Area, in San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda and San Mateo Counties.

Interstate 680 over Monument Boulevard in Contra Costa County is No. 19 on the list, Caltrans said.

Joint replacement is needed. The project is not in the pipeline and is not funded, but Caltrans said that does not mean the road is not safe to drive on.

Caltrans said three of the bridges listed as deficient have already been repaired, including Interstate 880 over Whipple Avenue in Hayward.

Bridge replacement is also already underway on Highway 101 over San Francisquito Creek just south of Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto, but it’s not yet completed.

Bridge replacement work has yet to begin on Highway 101 over Cordilleras Creek in Redwood City.

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