The City of Chico has obtained funding to replace the structurally deficient and functionally obsolete Salem Street Bridge over Little Chico Creek. The bridge is located between W. 9th Street and W. 10th Street and provides a link between the Barber neighborhood and Downtown. The existing bridge was constructed in 1916 and consists of 64-foot long, 2-span reinforced concrete “T” girders. The bridge suffers from the following deficiencies:
- The bridge width has no shoulders and narrow lengths which do not meet current safety standards for cars and bicyclists.
- The sidewalks have steep approaches which do not meet ADA standards.
- There is erosion at the west abutment, with some undermining of the wall, which is contributing to the failure of the sidewalk.
- Various concrete girders and the overhangs are showing signs of deterioration
To address these concerns, the City is planning to replace the existing structure with a new bridge along the same alignment. The new structure will accommodate 2 lanes of traffic, 5-foot bike lanes, and sidewalks. The proposed improvements will extend approximately 100 feet along Salem Street from either end of the bridge. To facilitate construction, the bridge and a portion of Salem Street will be temporary closed to traffic. The City will be working closely with the area residents to maintain access to their properties during construction.
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.
April 13, 2021 – In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the following documents are now available for public review:
Public comments will be accepted between April 13, 2021 and 5:00 p.m. on May 13, 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
P.O. Box 3420
Chico, CA 95927
Emailed comments may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions or would like to provide feedback regarding the project, please email email@example.com and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.
Project Manager: Noel Carvalho – (530) 879-6900