California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: October 2, 2014
District: 4 - Oakland
Contact: Vince Jacala
Phone: (510) 286-5206


Caltrans Aids Local Agencies to Speed Up Damage Inspections

NAPA and SOLANO COUNTIES – Caltrans and its contractors have begun work on six emergency contracts to repair damage caused by an August 24 earthquake in Napa and Solano Counties totaling $5.3 million. Caltrans engineers and inspectors also continue to work with local agencies to assess and inspect damage affecting local bridges and structures.

Though no damage affecting public safety or the structural integrity of bridges resulted from the quake, the contracts, totaling $5.3 million, will result in final repairs to eleven state-owned bridges including fixing bridge seals, spalled concrete, damaged pavement, curb cracking and damaged bridge rails at locations on Highways 29, 37 and 121 in Napa and Solano counties. Work on an additional contract to repair pavement buckling on Highway 121 was completed within three days of the earthquake. (See “Pavement Repairs Underway” photo below)

“One of Caltrans’ most critical tasks after an earthquake is to assess the impact on the state highway system’s bridges and roads,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “In Napa, we were able to respond quickly thanks to seismic data which allowed us to prioritize our safety inspections of highways and bridges affected by the earthquake.”

Eight Caltrans building inspectors were also deployed to help the City of Vallejo, as only about 1,000 of 40,000 buildings in the city had been inspected for damage. Caltrans inspectors completed more thorough follow-up inspections of buildings that had been initially tagged for caution and canvassed areas for safety assessments where inspections still remained. The Caltrans teams also responded to calls from the public and fire and police departments to assess structural hazard concerns. (See “Inspection of Damaged Chimney” photo below)

“In times of emergency, it’s all hands on deck to ensure the public’s safety, regardless of jurisdiction and responsibility,” continued Dougherty. “I’m proud of the Caltrans bridge and structural engineers and inspectors who were able to go out into the field to help Bay Area local governments and agencies assess the quake’s damage.”


George Butler Bridge Damage Imspection of Damaged Chimney Lombard Overhead Damage Pavement Repairs Underway
George Butler Bridge Damage Imspection of Damaged Chimney Lombard Overhead Damage Pavement Repairs Underway