Pasadena : Bridge Closed for Repairs

The San Rafael Bridge, which crosses a flood control channel on Laguna Road between San Rafael Avenue and Arroyo Boulevard, is closed until January for a $1.3-million reconstruction program.

The 68-year-old bridge, one of about 100 reinforced single-span concrete arch bridges in the state, will be restored to “its original appearance and load-bearing capacity,” said Cynthia Kurtz, project manager for the Pasadena Public Works and Transportation Department.

Rails and balusters will be replaced, defective concrete will be repaired and the surface will be repaved, Kurtz said. A new mortar coating will be applied to much of the structure. The area around the bridge, largely obscured by vegetation, will be landscaped. The La Loma Bridge a mile north may be used as an alternate route.