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Temporary bridge on Balboa Island to open Monday as old one closes

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A temporary steel bridge on Balboa Avenue spanning Balboa Island’s Grand Canal will open at 10 a.m. Monday as the nearby bridge on Park Avenue closes.

The temporary bridge will connect Balboa Island and Little Balboa Island while the Park Avenue bridge is removed and replaced.

The Newport Beach City Council in February approved a $6.3-million contract with Gardena-based John S. Meek Co. Inc. to construct the stand-in bridge and the replacement for the 86-year-old Park Avenue bridge.

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The replacement bridge is intended to improve traffic and pedestrian access with wider sidewalks and street lanes and improve under-bridge navigation.

Demolition of the existing Park Avenue bridge is expected to take place in late June, with completion of its replacement scheduled for early 2017.

Crossing guards will be present at the intersection of Marine and Balboa avenues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day until Sept. 5.

For more information, visit parkavebridge.com.

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Alex Chan, alexandra.chan@latimes.com

Twitter: @AlexandraChan10

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