And It’s Done! Completion of North Round Valley Road Bridge Celebrated

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And It’s Done! 

Completion of North Round Valley Road Bridge Celebrated

County officials, various other local agencies representatives, and members of the public celebrated the long awaited opening of North Round Valley Road Bridge this week.

An official ribbon-cutting Thursday afternoon included recognition to those in Inyo County’s Public Works  Department who saw the major, multi-year repair effort to fruition as well as the acknowledgement that the  event was a long time in the making. The bridge was closed in the summer of 2017 after it partially collapsed  due to high-velocity runoff in Pine Creek. The flows also exposed and undermined portions of the south  abutment footing.

The damaged bridge has been replaced by an approximately 85-foot single-span, pre-cast/prestressed wide  flange girder superstructure on high cantilever abutments founded on cast-in-drilled-hole concrete piles.

Inyo County Public Works formally accepted the bridge structure as constructed on June 12, 2023.

According to Public Works Director Mike Errante, the entire project, including design, construction  management, contract work, and change orders, cost $4.8 million. Errante noted that 75 percent – $3.6 million  – will be reimbursed by the California Office of Emergency Services.

Cutting the Ribbon
Chairperson Jen Roeser cuts the ribbon commemorating the completion of repairs – and the reopening – of the North Round Valley Road Bridge. Photo by Gayla Wolf
Public Walk Across
A contingent of Round Valley residents walks across the newly opened North Round Valley Road Bridge, which hasn’t been accessible since 2017. Photo by Gayla Wolf
Senior Civil Engineer Greg Waters and Chairperson Jen Roeser show off one of two cakes acknowledging the length of the project. The other one declared, “Done!!” Photo by Gayla Wolf
Pine Creek flows fast and furious underneath the completely rebuilt North Round Valley Road Bridge. Photo by Gayla Wolf


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