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Pomona Avenue Bridge Replacement Project

Currently in Design Phase

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Header photo of landscape view of Pomona Avenue Bridge.

Project Information

The City of Chico has obtained funding to replace the structurally deficient and functionally obsolete Pomona Avenue Bridge over Little Chico Creek. The bridge is located roughly 500 feet west of Dayton Road and provides access over the waterway for the South Campus Neighborhood. The existing bridge was constructed in 1917 and consists of 66-foot long, three-span reinforced concrete “T” grinders. The bridge suffers from the following deficiencies:

  • There is a long history of bridge scour at the site, which has reached a critical point whereby the foundations are exposed and the condition is worsening.

Series of three photos that provide examples of deterioration of the bridge and roadway infrastructure.

To address this concern, the City is planning to replace the existing structure with a new bridge along the same alignment. The new structure will accommodate two 12-foot travel lanes of traffic, 4-foot shoulders, 5-foot bike lanes, and sidewalks. The proposed improvements will extend approximately 100 feet along Pomona Avenue from either end of the bridge. To facilitate construction, the bridge and a portion of Pomona Avenue, near the structure, will be temporarily closed to traffic. The City will be working closely with the area residents to maintain access to their properties during construction.

Image of plans that show the proposed bridge and pavement work.

The project is 100 percent federally funded through the Highway Bridge Program and Toll Credits. The federal funds are being administered through the Caltrans Local Assistance Program.

Project Timeline

Image of the proposed project timeline, as follows: community outreach in fall of 2020; draft environmental review in spring of 2021;  begin final engineering design in fall of 2021; initiate the right-of-way process in fall of 2021; begin construction in spring of 2023.

Public Outreach

Neighborhood Update - January 2021

Environmental

March 5, 2021 – In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the following documents are now available for public review:

Notice of Intent (NOI) to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration

Initial Study

MND/MMRP 

Notice of Determination

Technical Appendices:

Public comments will be accepted between March 5, 2021 and 5:00 p.m. on April 5, 2021 (written or emailed comments only, please). Address all written comments to:

Tracy R. Bettencourt, AICP
Regulatory and Grants Manager
City of Chico
Department of Public Works-Engineering
PO Box 3420
Chico, CA  95927

Emailed comments may be submitted to tracy.bettencourt@chicoca.gov.

Contact Information

If you have questions or would like to provide feedback regarding the project, please email pomona.bridge@chicoca.gov and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Project Manager: Noel Carvalho – (530) 879-6900

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