CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
April 29, 2021
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This week crews completed the disassembly of the Mt. Vernon Avenue Bridge. After years of planning, the bridge disassembly process took almost four months to complete. The structure was carefully disassembled (in the opposite order that it was originally constructed in 1934), with crews beginning at the south end of the bridge at 2nd Street, working north towards Kingman Street.

An iconic structure in San Bernardino, the Mt. Vernon Avenue Bridge connected communities on the westside for the past 86 years, serving as a vital link for residents, visitors, students, and businesses. With the passage of time, the bridge was showing its age and was in desperate need of improvement. To ensure the safety and longevity of the bridge, the City of San Bernardino and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) partnered with the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) to disassembly and reconstruct the bridge.

Over the next few weeks, crews will complete utility relocation/replacement work along Kingman Street and Cabrera Avenue, and perform cleanup within the contractor's yard. Once this work is complete, the contractor, Traylor Granite Joint Venture (TGJV), will pause their operations for approximately 18 months, while BNSF completes the necessary work within the railyard. In 2022 TGJV will commence work to build the new bridge, with an anticipated opening to the public in 2024.

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Please remember all construction is dynamic and the schedule is weather-permitting and
subject to change.
Pictured Below: Looking south toward 2nd Street, crews worked over the month of April, to remove remaining bridge spans within the railyard.
Pictured Below: The "last span standing" of the Mt. Vernon Avenue Bridge; this span was removed on Monday, April 26, marking a major milestone for the project.
PEDESTRIAN DETOUR/COMPLIMENTARY BUS SERVICE
SBCTA and Omnitrans are providing a complimentary bus service during disassembly and rebuilding of the bridge. Bus stop locations nearest the bridge are shown on the map below, for Route 1 (2nd Street/Metrolink Way), Route 3/Route 4 (5th Street/Mount Vernon), and Route 14 (5th Street/Mount Vernon Avenue).

To access, board at the stops below and say "bridge detour/desvío del puente" to the bus driver for the complimentary fare. Riders will transfer between routes at the Transit Center and continue to Route 1, Route 3/Route 4 or Route 14 to reach the other side of the bridge.

For more information about the complimentary bus service call 877-55-SBCTA or email info@goSBCTA.com.
MOTORIST DETOUR
Motorist detours during disassembly and rebuilding of the bridge are below. Access to businesses on Mount Vernon Avenue at 2nd Street and 5th Street, and on Mount Vernon Avenue between W. Kingman Street and 5th Street, will be maintained.
ABOUT THE MT. VERNON AVENUE BRIDGE PROJECT
Since opening to the public in 1934, the Mount Vernon Avenue Bridge (MVAB) was an iconic structure, bridging San Bernardino communities to the north and south and serving as a vital link for residents, visitors, students and businesses. The community, like the bridge, saw a great deal of change over the past 86 years.

To ensure the safety and longevity of the bridge, the City of San Bernardino (City) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) partnered with the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) to rebuild the bridge. The bridge was disassembled and will be completely rebuilt – a process that will span approximately three years. Improvements at the south end of the bridge will include retaining walls along both sides with 3rd Street closed during construction but opened to traffic permanently after construction is complete. On the north side retaining walls will also be constructed along both sides of the transition between the bridge and W. Kingman Street. Where Mount Vernon Avenue reconnects to W. 2nd Street and W. Kingman Street new curbs and gutters will be installed. Reconstruction of the new bridge will begin in 2022 and the new structure is anticipated to open in 2024.