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.
For over 20 years, Windsor Road remained an “incomplete street”. Windsor High students were forced into and across the heavily-trafficked road to reach school. GVCE filled the gaps, creating safety, convenience, and comfort... The traffic improvements made by the Town of Windsor in front of Windsor High has provided families with more drop-off/pick-up convenience in front of the school... We only hear praise from families and students for all of the road improvements!Marc Elin, WHS Principal