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  • Garvey Bridge structural review sought

    first_img• Photo Gallery: Garvey BridgeROSEMEAD – Councilwoman Margaret Clark is requesting more agencies explore seismic issues near the Garvey Bridge, which is now under construction. Clark asked that the council discuss having the California Department of Transportation and Los Angeles County Public Works review potential earthquake concerns near the bridge, which runs over the Rio Hondo Channel. The extra exploration is in addition to a geotechnical review that has already been approved. The $10.8 million Garvey Bridge project started in February and is among the most costly public-improvement project’s in the city’s history. Community activist Jim Flournoy, who has several pending lawsuits against the city including one on the seismic issue, has for months told the council that he feels nearby fault lines have not been adequately considered in relation to the bridge’s design. “Every other map shows a fault line under the bridge,” Flournoy said. “They found the only map in the world that doesn’t show it.” The Alhambra Wash fault runs near the bridge. Flournoy has contacted multiple experts, county heads and Caltrans employees in search of someone who will back up his theory that the current bridge design is not up to par. Flournoy, who some residents refer to as the city’s watchdog, also questioned whether Arroyo Geotechnical, the company that performed the first review, is qualified to perform seismic studies. City staffers have previously discredited Flournoy’s concerns. If outside agencies become involved, the project could be delayed, which could be costly for the city, officials said. Rukavina said that even if the design is reviewed, that construction will continue. The bridge is being constructed by Pomona-based Reyes Construction. The project is largely being funded by the Federal Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program as well as local transportation programs. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s better to be safe than sorry,” Clark said Monday. But Rosemead City Engineer Ken Rukavina said he is confident both the geotechnical review and the bridge design are sufficient. He questioned Clark’s motives in asking for the additional work. “I am somewhat surprised that we are dealing with this again,” Rukavina said. “We’ve done our due diligence.” Clark requested the item be placed on the City Council’s agenda for tonight’s meeting. “I just want to make sure that we did everything we could,” she said. last_img read more