It’s a little off the beaten path, but – if you’ve driven down Pier D Street or attended a recent Bridge Project tour – you may have noticed a cinderblock building (pictured above) that sits under the new bridge. The structure will be part of a future California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) maintenance yard that will house equipment and materials to perform upkeep on the new bridge when it is completed.
When finished, the new bridge will be turned over to Caltrans and join the more than 13,000 state highway bridges that the agency owns or controls. There is a host of maintenance items related to the new bridge, including but not limited to pavement management; vegetation, litter, debris and graffiti control; spills; electrical facilities; pavement delineation, signs and safety devices; and much more. The placement of this building enables easy access to the new bridge.