News Alert: Barstow, CA: Construction project to replace the North First Avenue Bridge over Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railyard expected to begin in late January 2023.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Sources: San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, City of Barstow and California Department of Transportation (Information)

Pictures: San Bernardino County Transportation Authority and City of Barstow (Courtesy)

Barstow, California: Construction project to replace the North First Avenue Bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railyard is expected to begin in late January 2023.

According to a press release, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), in cooperation with the City of Barstow and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), is leading the construction effort to replace the existing North First Avenue Bridge over a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railyard.

The project is designed to increase traffic safety. improve ADA access, enhance pedestrian walkways, and reestablish a safety connection between the 2 parts of the City of Barstow; the residential north portion which includes where Barstow’s Harvey House Train Depot which provides eastbound and westbound access to Amtrak passenger train services (Southwest Chief), and the south portion which includes the business district of Downtown Barstow, California located along historic Route 66.

The construction project will replace the North First Avenue Bridge with a new 2 lane bridge and provide new access roadways to the bridge.

Demolition the the old bridge will occur once the new bridge is constructed, completed and opened.

Motorists should plan ahead; prepare for any closers or detours, and find alternate routes, during the construction project.

There will be a project groundbreaking ceremony held at the Harvey House scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. PT on Thursday, January 26th, 2023.

For more information, please contact the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) by emailing: info@gosbcta.com or by calling: 1 (909) 884-8276.

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