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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Stetson Avenue Bridge near collapse in Hemet, brings partial street closure


Last updated 3/22/2019 at 3:29am

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Stetson Bridge on Stetson Avenue in Hemet is currently closed while the city works on replacing the crumbling bridge which Mayor Bonnie Wright said, "is in the best interest of the community."

After Hemet City Council declared a "flood emergency" that closed the Stetson Bridge and Stetson Avenue from Cawston Road to Warren Road in Hemet Tuesday night, March 12, barriers have gone up on the road and a detour plan was placed on the city website.

Stephen Loriso, a contract engineer for the city, said that the bridge over the creek on Stetson Avenue, leading east toward the Hemet-Ryan Airport and the Hemet Cal Fire Air Attack Base, was "unsafe" and in danger of collapsing during another major rainstorm, and the city council passed an urgent resolution closing the road.

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