In late April, 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 west side 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 disassemble 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 return to build the new bridge, with an anticipated opening to the public in 2024.
For more information on the Mt. Vernon Avenue Bridge project, visit gosbcta.com/mtvernonbridge.