Groundbreaking Event For $85M First Avenue Bridge in Barstow

According to the Victorville Daily Press, January 29, 2023, the groundbreaking event for Barstow’s new First Avenue Bridge was held in the historic Harvey House. It drew a variety of officials from all levels of government in California as well as private-industry players with a stake in the project. A Sweden-based construction giant, Skanska USA, announced it secured a $30 million contract from the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority to lead the long-awaited replacement of First Avenue Bridge. It sets Fall 2024 as the current target for completion of construction with a spending target of $85 million. The existing structure will be replaced with a new two-lane bridge containing eight-foot shoulders and an eight-foot sidewalk that meets modern safety standards and can accommodate all legal truck and permit vehicles, a Skanska spokesperson stated in an email. Other aspects of the work that Skanska will do under its $30 million contract, include: construction of new 7-span post-tensioned concrete box girder bridge over 17 BNSF tracks; realignment of North 1st Avenue; demolition of the existing 29-span steel truss and steel / timber girder bridge across the BNSF railyard; and utility relocation, drainage improvements and lighting improvements. The bridge serves as a critical access point to Barstow’s northern region and runs directly above a massive BNSF Railway Co. intermodal yard.

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