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Georgia Street Bridge Improvement Project

Posted on July 6, 2016

Georgia Street Bridge Improvement Project

Project Overview

Constructed in 1914, the Georgia Street Bridge and the adjacent retaining walls are designated as a historic landmark. The bridge and retaining walls require seismic retrofitting and rehabilitation.

 A Capital Improvements Program (CIP) project to retrofit and rehabilitate the Georgia Street Bridge will begin in August 2016. The bridge is located at Georgia Street and University Avenue. The project also includes new street lighting and traffic signal modification. As required in order to accommodate this project, University Avenue was lowered and new water main installed in 2015.

This is a restoration project which was designed to mimic the original Georgia Street Bridge design. The historical plaque on the bridge will be removed, cleaned and preserved prior to construction so that it can be re-installed at the appropriate time during the project.

The seismic retrofit and rehabilitation work will maintain the historic characteristics of the bridge and retaining walls, and will include:

  • Soil improvements to reinforce the retaining walls
  • Arch and column improvements
  • Deck slab replacement
  • Roadway lowering on University Avenue between Park Avenue and Florida Street by approximately 2.5 inches to accommodate large trucks traveling under the bridge
  • Bridge and wall barrier replacement
  • Lighting upgrades
  • Pedestrian and bicycle improvements

These improvements are consistent with goals set forth in the City of San Diego’s (the City) Climate Action Plan, by improving pedestrian and bicycle access and maintaining urban infrastructure while retaining the individual character of the community.

Project construction will accommodate vehicular traffic, pedestrian traffic, local access, and adjacent structures. The contractor will maintain one lane in each direction on University Avenue between Centre Street and Mississippi Street during construction. Detours will be in place. Visit the Capital Improvements Project Map Viewer to see the project location.

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Construction Schedule

The project’s construction schedule is July 2016 – June 2017*

The contract was awarded to Reyes Construction and includes 240 working days. The work hours will be weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with some night work (with advance notice).

Contact Us

For questions or concerns about the project, call the Public Works Department construction project information line at (619) 533-4207, email, or submit your inquiry online. Please reference the “Georgia Street Bridge Improvement Project” in your inquiry.