Work to retrofit the Avila Beach Drive Bridge at San Luis Obispo Creek is currently underway.
The work is being done to ensure the bridge doesn’t collapse during an earthquake. It was reportedly identified as a potential concern based on a PG&E study.
The bridge, which was built in 1967, is the only public access road to Port San Luis and Diablo Canyon Power Plant.
Work is expected to continue through the end of October.
First, crews with Chevron are removing five abandoned pipes under the bridge while a county contractor works to repair two pierwall jackets.
Starting after Labor Day, work will begin on the top of the bridge. County officials say only one lane will be closed at a time, work will be done during off-peak hours, and there will be no work at night or during weekends or holidays. Drivers can expect about a 10-minute delay. The bridge will remain open to bicycles and pedestrians at all times.
Avila Beach Drive Bridge at San Luis Obispo Creek (KSBY photo)