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By Tony Ault

BREAKING: Hemet City Council orders immediate closure of Stetson bridge

Bridge ready to collapse, engineer says


Last updated 3/14/2019 at 11:22am

Hemet City Council Tuesday, March 12, ordered the immediate closure of the Stetson Avenue Bridge, during a regularly scheduled meeting.

The move came about following the recommendation made by the city engineer Sudi Shoja, who said he feared the bridge could wash away in predicted upcoming storms.

Stetson Road, between Warren Road and Cawston Avenue will be closed effective immediately.

The roadway serves as a major highway leading to Hemet Airport and from businesses on the west side of the city.

Traffic will be diverted for the life of the project, which could last as long as six months.

K-rails and a lighted sign board will inform motorists of the closure as of Wednesday morning.

Plans have already been drawn up and submitted to Cal Trans, for the replacement bridge which the city had planned to repair with a Cal Trans grant, but engineers have determined the structure was unsafe and should be completely replaced.

According to a report given to council, timbers under the bridge are rotting and the cement stanton are falling apart, making the bridge a danger to drivers.

Mayor Bonnie Wright, upon hearing the recommendation, said the emergency closing was "in the best interest of the community."

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.


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