RODEO -- A stretch of San Pablo Avenue will be closed for about six months to allow for the replacement of the bridge that carries it over Rodeo Creek, necessitating a detour, the Contra Costa Public Works Department has announced.

Northbound through traffic must turn right from Parker Avenue onto First Street, cross the creek, then turn left onto Railroad Avenue and right on San Pablo Avenue.

Southbound through traffic must turn left onto Railroad Avenue and right onto First Street, cross the creek and turn left on Parker Avenue.

The plan calls for barricades on the northbound side where Parker Avenue ends at San Pablo Avenue, and on the southbound side at Railroad Avenue.

Emergency vehicles will have access to all driveways throughout the project, according to the Public Works Department. Driveways within the detour area will generally remain accessible to local traffic, with the exception of one driveway on San Pablo Avenue that will have to be accessed from First Avenue.

The project calls for a new concrete bridge, reconstruction of the existing roadway and sidewalks and extension of the raised median across the new bridge.

The work began Monday and is expected to be completed in February.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760. Follow him at Twitter.com/tomlochner.



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