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New Bridge Construction

Park Superintendent Gary Candelaria has announced that construction is about to begin on a new bridge over Chalone Creek at Pinnacles National Monument. This new bridge replaces the Civilian Conservation Corps-era bridge that collapsed during the "El Nino" flood of February, 1998. The bridge provides access to the Bear Gulch Visitor Center, administration buildings, and some residences. A temporary Bailey-bridge has provided access to Bear Gulch buildings and facilities since March of last year.

The new bridge will imitate the style of the historic CCC bridge, but will be located above the 100-year flood plain and allow unrestricted water flow during periods of high water. Bridge design and construction administration is being overseen by the Federal Highway Administration. Agee Construction Corporation of Clovis, California, has been contracted to build the bridge.

During construction, which should last from June 1999 to January 2000, visitors may experience short delays in accessing the Visitor Center and the Chalone Creek Picnic Area. However, all areas affected by the construction will remain open and the public is encouraged to continue visiting the Monument.

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