Monday, October 26, 2009

American River Bridges: Fair Oaks Blvd. Bridge

Half a mile downstream from the Guy West Bridge is the three camelback truss spans of the Fair Oaks Boulevard Bridge. It is a three-span steel, through truss bridge supported on pier walls and seat-type abutments.

On the east end of the bridge is Fair Oaks Blvd. and on the west end of the bridge the road splits into residential 'H' Street and commercial 'J' Street and the entrance to California State University.

There's no room for bikes along the shoulders of this bridge and the sidewalks are so narrow that there's not enough room for cyclists to pass each other.

The bridge got a major renovation and repainting a few years ago. The entire bridge was wrapped up tight to prevent any of the lead-based paint from falling into the river. It must have been very unpleasant to work inside that cage of steel trusses and plastic tarp.
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