Albion River Bridge Replacement/Rehabilitation Project

Aerial photo of Albion River Bridge looking out toward the coastline and the Pacific Ocean.

The Project

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is initiating an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Albion River Bridge Replacement/Rehabilitation Project in Mendocino County in California. The Project is located on State Route 1 from post mile 43.3 to 44.2.

Project Alternatives

A reasonable range of alternatives for detailed study in the Draft EIS (DEIS) is currently being considered. In addition to the No Action Alternative, potential project alternatives include bridge replacement and bridge rehabilitation. 
The No Action Alternative assumes no improvements other than those implemented as part of routine maintenance.

The Bridge Replacement Alternatives would replace the existing Albion River Bridge with a new bridge. Various bridge replacement concepts will be considered during the scoping process, including a west alignment constructed to the west of the existing bridge, an east alignment constructed to the east of the existing bridge, and on-alignment constructed slightly west of the existing alignment.

The Bridge Rehabilitation Alternatives would require major work to extend the service-life of the existing Albion River Bridge. The Bridge Rehabilitation Alternatives would include rehabilitation of the bridge for motor vehicle use by widening the bridge and upgrading the bridge rails, or rehabilitation of the bridge as a pedestrian-only bridge alongside one of the bridge replacement alternatives. The operability of the bridge would need to be maintained while addressing structural deficiencies, geometric deficiencies, and operational reliability of the bridge.

Project Benefits

  • Addressing the structural and seismic deficiencies of the bridge and approach roadways, will ensure uninterrupted traffic movement on SR 1
  • Providing wider shoulders on roadway approaches and bridge deck
  • Improving safety and access for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Reducing maintenance costs
  • Minimizing traffic delays associated with bridge inspection, maintenance and repairs

Project Schedule

  • Notice of Intent: April 15, 2022
  • 30-day Public Comment Period: April 15-May 20, 2022
  • Public Scoping Meeting: May 5, 2022
  • Circulation of Draft Environmental Document (DED): August 2023
  • Project Approval & Final Environmental Document (PA&ED): August 2024
  • Plans & Estimate: June 2026
  • Right of Way Certification (RWC): August 2026
  • Contract Advertisement: November 2026
  • Contract Award: January 2027
  • Begin Construction: May 2027
  • Construction Contract Acceptance: October 2031

Project Funding Estimates

  • Right of Way Capital: $8,465K
  • Construction Capital: $65,873K

Environmental Scoping Process

Scoping is the process used to determine the appropriate contents of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Public participation is an integral part of scoping. The first scoping step was to announce to the public, by a Federal Register Notice of Intent (NOI) and press releases, that an EIS will be prepared and to ask for comments about what should be included.  This initiated the 30-day public comment period, April 15-May 20, 2022.  The NOI is linked in the list below.


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For more information, contact:

Project Manager: Jaime Matteoli
Public Information Officer: Manny Machado


Phone: 1-707-441-5672

Last reviewed: December 2022

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Map  Illustrated map of Albion River Bridge’s location on State Route 1 along the Northern coastline of  California.

A massive arch bridge connecting one hillside to another, over an inlet.

(Albion River Bridge: Current)

View the Virtual Public Scoping Meeting

Caltrans District 1 hosted a public scoping meeting on May 5, 2022, to facilitate the submission of formal comments and share information about the environmental review process and the overall project. View a recording of the meeting by clicking on the video below.