SAN DIEGO -- A plan to renovate the 101-year-old Georgia Street Bridge over University Avenue in North Park moved forward Wednesday when the City Council's Infrastructure Committee voted to accept $9.5 million in federal funding for the project.
“It’s about to fall apart, it definitely needs concrete patching and some asphalt work in this area,” said North Park resident Christopher Laxon. “But I think $10 million for is a little excessive.”
The bridge, built in 1914 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, requires seismic retrofitting and other upgrades, according to city staff.
“We’re making sidewalk and roadway improvements…this is a very significant engineering project so that is why the price tag is so significant,” said City Councilman Todd Gloria. “I am grateful to the Infrastructure Committee for their support of this project and for the federal funds that are making the renovations
City officials said the bridge will be almost completely rebuilt. The project, pending full City Council approval, could start this fall. Among other things, the planned one-year project will also include lowering University Avenue by 2 feet, 4 inches to improve clearance, building new curbs and gutters and installing a new sidewalk that will be 5 feet wide.
“It’s like a landmark around here so I think it’s cool that they are trying to preserve it for a long period of time,” said Adam Richard Campbell, who lives around the corner.
The city previously received $1,742,240 in federal funds to complete the engineering work. Wednesday’s action brought the total amount of the funds to $11,242,240 for the Georgia Street Improvement Project.