NOW OPEN: New Main Street Bridge Over Murrieta Creek

Check out the time lapse video of construction through the last year.

The new Main Street bridge over Murrieta Creek in Temecula is officially open, as of Thursday. 

“This new ‘rustic’ bridge will not only provide a safe crossing for vehicles and pedestrians, it will complement the upcoming creek improvement project being processed by the Army Corps of Engineers” said Mayor Edwards in an emailed announcement.

The project to replace the old bridge from 1945 began last April.  It cost approximately $5 million to build, and was funded mostly through grants, according to the city.

Here's more from the city on the new bridge: 

The new bridge is a 155-foot steel truss structure that completely spans Murrieta Creek and includes architectural features that tie in with the theme of Old Town, including stamped concrete riding and walking surfaces, and stone columns that mimic the north and south gateway arches on Old Town Front Street.

The new crossing includes 10-foot wide pedestrian sidewalks separated from the travelled lanes with mid-span viewpoints, Old Town Style street lights, as well as accent lighting to illuminate the structure after dark. 

Donald Lambert May 10, 2014 at 05:54 AM
@ Mike This new bridge is totally new construction. It was built to cover the 155 foot span with no supports except the one at each end. There was an old bridge there before that had a lot of piles underneath to support it. The new bridge was built with no piles to allow for the occasional floods that occur here from time to time. When there is a flood trees and branches get caught on the piles. then more trees and branches coming along get blocked too and act to prevent enough water to pass underneath. Some extra funds were added to the base essential new design to improve its attractiveness,because Old Town is now a tourist attraction as well as place for locals to go to.
Donald Lambert May 10, 2014 at 06:02 AM
There is a fast moving time display of maybe hundred or so still time lapse pictures are shown above in this article. Sometimes it plays OK, other times it did not play. I ran it several times. In the first few frames you can see the old bridge being demolished. This was necessary as part of the Murrieta Creek Flood Control Plan. There was a flood several years ago that had water in the streets in old town. The lower part of the channel has been widened and deepened since then. But much more needs to be done upstream.
Donald Lambert May 10, 2014 at 06:05 AM
The new bridge project is not just to prevent damage within old town in future floods, but a blockage there would cause major damage for miles more through Temecula, and also in Murrieta.
Donald Lambert May 10, 2014 at 06:32 AM
@ Spacin Jason. I have taken recycle things to Temecula Recycle several times. You complain about hat in your comment above. I have weighed them at home first. I have always been paid for the correct weight for paper, cardboard, metal and old computer stuff. But I do not know about the experiences of others. There are different weights marked on the various containers and flatbed carts that is subtracted from the total weight. Some of the marking is getting faint, so there is the possibility for error. I try to read the weight on the flatbed, and the total weight is displayed for view on screen that can be read by you. The two weights is usually written on a slip of paper by the employee that runs it onto the scale. Then he or you gives the slip to the cashier. There could be errors made. ------- There appears to be a lot of repeat customers there. But I like to watch the weights myself. ------- I think that anywhere you take in the small size 500 ml plastic water containers by weight you are paid less than five cents each by count. But the 700 ml size recycled by weight give a tiny bit more than 5 cents each if counted. The two and a half gallon size you get nearly twice as much by recycling them by weight.


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