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 anticipates this project to begin in June or July 2015 and take approximately 180 working days to complete.
Preparation for work to begin was completed in 2014 and included 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.
Anticipated Traffic Impacts
During construction, the Fremont Avenue Bridge will be closed with no through traffic allowed. Motorists traveling westbound on Fremont Avenue will use Grant Road as their detour route to either Foothill Expressway or Portland Avenue to access the west side of Fremont Avenue Bridge. Motorists traveling eastbound on Fremont Avenue will use Miramonte Avenue as their detour route to either Foothill Expressway or Portland Avenue to access the east side of Fremont Avenue Bridge.
Questions about the project can be directed to the City of Los Altos Engineering Division at (650) 947-2780.
May 28, 2015:
The Fremont Avenue Bridge Replacement Project bid was awarded to Granite Construction Company at the May 12, 2015 City Council meeting. The City is currently working with Granite Construction Co. on the project contract. Once the contract is approved, the City will issue a notice to proceed. This will give Granite Construction Co. the OK to move forward and begin construction. Once the notice to proceed has been issued, the 180 working days to complete the project will begin.
February 11, 2014:
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.