Rosemead Boulevard bridge reopened

first_img Monday’s heavy rainstorm necessitated the release earlier in the week of water from the Whittier Narrows Dam, causing excess water to accumulate at the base of the bridge, said officials. At the time of the release, the bridge was still undergoing repairs from last winter’s storms, and Rosemead Boulevard was closed for safety reasons. The repair work has cost about $70,000 so far and Caltrans doesn’t expect additional costs from the recent flooding, said Bonfilio. The work will resume after the required environmental permits are secured from the California Department of Fish and Game, the Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Army Corps of Engineers, she added. It is expected to be completed in about three months, depending on the weather. PICO RIVERA — Caltrans officials reopened the Rosemead Boulevard bridge near Whittier Narrows Friday, after closing it late Monday to assess damage to the footings or base of the bridge following a torrential downpour. The reopening allowed traffic to flow again on Rosemead Boulevard between San Gabriel Boulevard and Gallatin Road. Floodwater under the bridge had receded enough for Caltrans staff to look at the base and determine if there had been any further damage to it from the storm earlier in the week, said Jeanne Bonfilio, spokeswoman for Caltrans. “No damage was observed during the assessment and the roadway was deemed to be safe to the motoring public,” she said. Intermittent lane closures may be required during the repairs, and if there are more heavy rainstorms, the entire road may be closed again. The closure this week is the third time this year that Caltrans has closed the bridge. In January, it closed for three weeks during that month’s storms. Officials closed it again in May after inspectors notice that water had gouged a huge tunnel along the footings of the pillars that hold up the bridge. Officials, at the time, believed it could be in danger of falling. — Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more