Bridge damage prompts closure of road in Moraga

MORAGA (KRON)– Severe bridge damage closed a section of Canyon Road in Moraga indefinitely Wednesday morning.

In an inspection Tuesday, a geo-tech team discovered a landslide in moving into the bridge, according to Moraga Town Hall Manager Robert Priebe.

Monitoring devices have been brought in to determine what kind of damage the bridge has sustained.

“They’re doing drilling and installing incremonitors to continue monitoring the movement of the land slide into the bridge,” Priebe said.

Crews have discovered that one of the support structure of the eighty year-old bridge has moved a fraction of an inch. That was enough to declare it unsafe for any traffic.

“It’s a serious closure for pedestrians and bicyclists. We know it’s an imposition but for safety reasons we can’t let anybody across,” Priebe continued.

“A portion of Moraga is on the other side of this bridge and there is also the unincorporated community of Canyon that’s over there,” Chief John King of the Moraga Police Department said.

Beside the long commute those residents face it means emergency services will have to be coordinated to insure their safety. Alameda County Sheriff’s will take some of that responsibility.

“We’ll also be coordinating with other agencies. Oakland police, East Bay Regional Parks Police who has units in the area all the time to see in the case of an emergency situation to get assistance in as soon as possible,” King continued.

The length that the coordination and lengthy commutes will go on is undetermined.

“Right now there is no timeline,” according to Priebe.

Canyon Road is closed between Constance Place and Pinehurst Road.

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