A popular pedestrian bridge at Half Moon Bay State Beach along the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail is closed today and will remain closed for at least a year in order for a replacement bridge to be built, according to San Mateo County officials.
The current bridge that attracts pedestrians, dog walkers and cyclists is structurally unstable, the county said.
The bridge “is literally on the edge of California and the constant wear and tear from the harsh marine environment forces us to replace it,” Jim Porter, director of the County of San Mateo Department of Public Works, said in a statement.
The original concrete-arch bridge links two sections of Mirada Road over Arroyo de en Medio, a seasonal creek that originates on the western slope of Montara Mountain, according to the county. Built before World War II, it was topped with the existing steel span in 2003.
“The replacement bridge project includes removing the decaying concrete archway and the existing pedestrian bridge, strengthening the banks below the bridge and installing a new bridge,” the county said, adding that the new bridge will be made from aluminum to withstand the harsh marine environment.
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