Mare Island Western Approach Replacement Bridge
Project NameMare Island Western Approach Replacement Bridge
Project LocationVallejo, CA
Green Valley Consulting Engineers provided Surveying, Civil Engineering Design, Project Management, and Construction Support for the critical two-phase replacement of the Western Approach Bridge along the Mare Island Causeway.
GVCE’s full scope of services included preliminary engineering, environmental studies, permitting, final construction documents, and bid and construction support (for both civil and structural elements). Green Valley also developed the extensive traffic control and project phasing plans required to keep half of the bridge open to one-way traffic while demolition/construction happened “on the other side”.
Structural features included Cast-In-Steel-Shell (CISS) piles, 100 feet long and 36 inches in diameter, dynamically driven into (thick and soft) Bay Mud which is notorious for liquefaction during large seismic events, the construction of a cast-in-place bent beam to support precast voided slab planks, and the design and installation of a decorative handrail to mimic the historical aesthetics of the original railing but constructed per current AASHTO crash standards. Civil features included an asphalt concrete overlay, sidewalk replacement with the inclusion of an ADA curb ramp, a superelevated roadway transition, and the relocation/upsizing of existing 8- and 14-inch water lines (to avoid future bridge disruptions).
Sustainability was interwoven with the recycling and reuse of 90% of construction waste from the 25,000 square foot jobsite (80 lumber and 100% pavement). Likewise, GVCE worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to identify and protect endangered California Clapper Rails whose Bay area nesting locations had the potential to be disrupted.
“I want to extend our deep appreciation to Sean, Charlie, and Gene for their outstanding commitment, work ethic and the professional manner they continue to demonstrate on the Stony Point Road Widening Project and for the many hard nights that they have spent inspecting the paving operations. I also want to thank you for your support by adjusting your staffing commitments and maintaining inspection continuity despite the extended construction schedule. Green Valley has been a great partner with the City on this project, and we thank you!”Lori Urbanek, P.E. / Deputy Director at City of Santa Rosa Public Works