Dr. Fine Bridge Replacement

This project will replace the Dr. Fine Bridge over the Smith River on U.S. 101 north of Crescent City. Built in 1940, the existing bridge is near the end of its useful life. A new bridge will better accommodate vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Wide view of Dr. Fine Bridge in Del Norte County. The bridge spans across the Smith River.

Existing bridge built in 1940

Proposed Designs

Minimal Traffic Impacts

Traffic impacts will be minimal while we replace the Dr. Fine Bridge. Construction is scheduled from fall 2022 to sometime in 2025. During this time frame, travelers should anticipate a speed limit reduction to 25 MPH. In the summer or fall of 2023, it is anticipated that traffic will be diverted onto a temporary bridge east of the existing structure as the old bridge is demolished and the new bridge is built. The speed limit will be reduced for the duration of the project.

Boat Access

During the summer construction seasons, there will be no boat access beneath the bridge.

Timeline

  • Circulation of Draft Environmental Document - October 1, 2019 to November 15, 2019
  • Final Environmental Document - March 2020
  • Completion of Final Design - April 2021
  • Begin Construction - Anticipated Fall 2022
  • End Construction - Anticipated sometime in 2025

For more information, contact:

Project Manager
David Melendrez
(707) 441-3979, TTY 711

Public Information (Media Inquiries)
Myles Cochrane
(707) 498-4272, TTY 711

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Screenshot of Facebook post that reads "Did you know that traffic impacts will be minimal while we replace the Dr. Fine Bridge on U.S. 101 over the Smith River in Del Norte County? With construction likely beginning in October and ending sometime in 2025, travelers should only anticipate a speed limit reduction to 25 MPH for the duration of the project. In the summer or fall of 2023, it is anticipated that traffic will be diverted onto a temporary bridge east of the existing structure as the old bridge is demolished and the new bridge is built. The speed limit will be reduced for the duration of the project. The current Dr. Fine Bridge was built in 1940 and is near the end of its useful life. During the summer construction seasons, there will be no boat access beneath the bridge as Caltrans has been reaching out to the boating communities to let them know. It’s also worth noting that Caltrans has received over a million dollars toward this project courtesy of SB 1. the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. To learn more about SB 1 projects in your community, visit rebuildingca.ca.gov #RebuildingCA"

 

Screenshot of Facebook post that reads "Later this year Caltrans will begin construction on the replacement of the Dr. Fine Bridge on U.S. 101 over the Smith River in Del Norte County. Construction is estimated to begin in October and finish in 2025 if things go smoothly. The speed limit will be reduced for the duration of the project. In the summer or fall of next year, it is anticipated that traffic will be diverted onto a temporary bridge east of the existing structure as the old bridge is demolished and the new bridge is built. This project replaces a bridge built in 1940 and near the end of its useful life. During the summer construction seasons, there will be no boat access beneath the bridge as Caltrans has been reaching out to the boating communities to let them know. It’s also worth noting Caltrans has received over a million dollars toward this project courtesy of SB 1. the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. To learn more about SB 1 projects in your community, visit rebuildingca.ca.gov #RebuildingCA"