Bridge Renewal Celebration

Photo from the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge Renewal Celebration

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Placer County and partner agencies commemorated the renewal of the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge. The unique event included a speaker program and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for members of the public to take a tour underneath the bridge on the catwalk.  The iconic bridge has breathtaking views and with its fresh coat of paint created an amazing backdrop for the celebration. The event drew well over 200 people and media from all over the region.

Guest speaker’s included Placer County District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County CEO David Boesch, Placer County Public Works Director Ken Grehm, and resident engineer when the bridge was first constructed 41 years ago, Don Anderson.

Due to the overwhelming interest in the guided tours of the catwalk, there were a total of 10 tours given with approximately 20 people in each. While on the tour, the participants were able to see firsthand the seismic retrofit improvements that were made to the landmark structure, learn about the construction process, and sneak a peak of one of the most amazing scenic views in the foothills from a vantage point that is normally off limits to the public.

Placer County thanks you for your patience and appreciates your support during the past three years of construction improvements on the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge.

The Restoration Project  

Construction on the Foresthill Bridge began in late January 2011. Click here for a construction schedule overview. This famous bridge (the tallest in California) is located about one mile east of Interstate 80 on Foresthill Road, spanning the North Fork Canyon above the American River.  Built in the early 1970s, Foresthill Bridge is due for important construction improvements. Recent assessments of the bridge’s physical condition and age have determined that it is in need of a seismic retrofit and repainting. This estimated $74.4 million project will improve the bridge’s performance in a seismic event and integrity.

Improvements to the bridge will include:  
  • Seismic retrofit of the bridge
  • Painting
  • Miscellaneous work:
    • Replace the bridge rail
    • Striping lanes and sealing of the concrete deck
    • Construct new catwalk system for bridge maintenance

As with every construction project, traffic detours and delays may be inevitable. Construction crews will make every effort to minimize interruptions to traffic and impacts to neighboring communities, as well as keep community members and commuters informed of construction updates and route alternatives/detours.

The County of Placer owns, operates, and maintains the bridge, and will oversee this bridge renewal. Public awareness for the Foresthill Bridge Renewal is important to Placer County. Updates will be posted as construction progresses. You can also stay current by joining our
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