The Fremont Avenue Bridge is located on Fremont Avenue between Hazelaar Way and Miramonte Avenue, spanning over the Permanente Creek. Fremont Avenue is a principle collector urban road in the City of Los Altos. The bridge was built in 1915 and carries two lanes of traffic, one in each direction. The total curb-to-curb width is approximately 24 feet and currently no shoulders are present on the bridge. A timber sidewalk was added to the exterior on the south side of the bridge that has been out-of-service for several years. There is a separate wood structure north of the bridge, which carries bicycles and pedestrian traffic over the creek.
The bridge was determined to be functionally obsolete during an inspection by the California Department of Transportation. The main deficiency is that the lane and shoulder widths are too narrow relative to current standards and the amount of traffic the bridge carries.
Major funding for this project is expected to come from the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans). The City hopes to secure CalTrans funding this summer in order to begin work on the project this year. Depending on the funding of this project, bridge work can begin as early as this summer, and as late as 2015/16.
Preparation for work to begin this year is underway and includes canopy removal from two trees and a shrub tree, and installation of netting to prevent birds from nesting in the trees surrounding the bridge and in the bridge structure itself.
February 11, 2014 Update:
In preparation for work tentatively scheduled to begin later this year on the Fremont Avenue Bridge Replacement Project, tree trimming and other site prep-work is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 15, 2014.
The Fremont Avenue Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic on Saturday, February 15 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. from Hazelaar Way to Miramonte Avenue. Traffic control measures, including light boards, will be in place beginning Wednesday, February 12 to alert drivers of the upcoming closure and to detour traffic around the closure. The current schedule is subject to change due to poor weather or other unforeseen conditions.