Dec 16, 2013 1:22 PM
The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) has awarded $17.1 million for the final funding component of the $70 million Fifth Street Bridge Replacement Project. The funding serves as a local match for Yuba City, Marysville, and the counties of Yuba and Sutter.
“The monumental collaboration on this project certainly moved us into the funding phase that allows this project to move forward,” said Yuba City Council Member and SACOG Board Member John Buckland. “Few jurisdictions work as closely as we have on this project, which has been supported by all four agencies in recognition of its immeasurable public safety value.”
The contribution from SACOG is among $190 million in federal, state, and local funding the agency is awarding to more than 100 regional projects, according to the City of Yuba City’s press release. Prioritizing of the projects begin in March, but the collaborative efforts of the four involved governments could rank the Fifth Street Bridge Replacement Project high on the SACOG’s funding list, Buckland said.
Built in 1958 to replace the overpass destroyed by a flood in 1955, the current two-lane bridge connecting Marysville to Yuba City does not meet modern lane width requirements or earthquake standards. The City of Yuba City estimates roughly 33,000 motorists cross the bridge daily with that daily number increasing to 95,000 by 2035. Construction to widen the bridge to four lanes could not commence until all of the funding had been secured.
“This funding relieves taxpayers of the burden to raise the $17 million required to complete this project,” Buckland said. “With all four jurisdictions currently facing so many other critical financial commitments, I believe that without SACOG’s generous support, we probably couldn’t move this forward to completion.”
SACOG Board Chair and Yuba County Supervisor Mary Jane Griego said she has no doubt the unanimous vote by all 31 board members - who represent six counties and 22 cities - demonstrates their faith in the project’s regional significance and value.
"By increasing the ability for people and commerce to move between the two counties, we can focus not on the river that separates us but celebrate the bridge that connects us," she said. "This project will have invaluable benefit for our citizens, economic development and the future of our region."
Yuba City officials overseeing the project have indicated the conceptual approval phase is complete and environmental reviews are near completion. The next step in the project will include choosing a final design, right-of-way acquisitions and putting the project up for bid.
The replacement bridge will be built north of the existing bridge and will connect to the existing approach points on the levee. City officials anticipate the project to begin in 2016 and will be completed sometime in 2018.