Moraga talked about getting a new Canyon Road bridge connecting Oakland over four years ago and since last month it is now permanently closed due to structural weakness. Is this poor planning or just typical bureaucracy at work?
From the original project:
In May 2013, the Town submitted an application for Federal Highway Bridge Program funding for the bridge replacement and was approved. Following approval from Caltrans, the Town retained a civil engineering consulting firm to provide design, surveying, geotechnical engineering, environmental, and right of way services to the Town. In October 2013, the Town Council awarded a contract to NV5 to provide these services.
A third and final community outreach meeting is anticipated prior to the start of construction to inform the community of the plan for construction staging and to introduce the construction management team, who will be on-site during construction and available for any questions throughout the duration of the project while in construction. Construction is currently scheduled for 2018.
From the new bridge closure page:
On Monday April 17, 2017, Town staff was notified by EBMUD that their engineers had observed conditions that may affect the Canyon Road Bridge. Town staff responded to the bridge and saw a separation of the pavement from the south side of the bridge and soil movement away from a cement abutment at the southeast corner of the bridge.
The bridge reopening timeline is yet to be determined, but could still take months to get all permits approved; stabilization work completed; the existing bridge demolished; and a temporary bridge purchased, delivered, and built.
337 Rheem Blvd, Moraga
Thanks to a reader for sending word that home/made kitchen has closed in Moraga for “possible renovations, reorganization”. Just last month we posted how they were open but now there is a sign in the windows with the following:
To our friends and supporters-
hmk is closed for possible renovations, reorganization, and, we hope, a re-vitalized future.
337 Rheem Blvd, Moraga
The cafe restaurant home/made kitchen opened a few years ago in Moraga but recently rumors have been spreading about how they are planning to close. I checked and although there were issues several months ago they have been resolved and they plan on staying open for breakfast, lunch and special event dinners. Check out their website here and Facebook page here.
Fine Arts Lecture – Stuart Davis: In Full Swing:
1500 St Marys Rd, Moraga
Thursday, April 6th, 2017
1:00 – 2:30pm | Free
The library welcomes a docent from the DeYoung Museum to talk about the mid-century painter Stuart Davis. Davis was a great American original, creating bold vibrant paintings that combined European modernism, American street culture, and the rhythms of jazz.
Moraga Commons Park
Has anyone ever played the disc golf course at Moraga Commons Park? I always thought it was called frisbee golf but there is official-looking course signage with Moraga Disc Golf Club and course information for each hole. According to DGCourseReview, there are 9 holes/baskets built in 1982.
This Lamorinda Weekly article from last year notes that the Moraga Disc Golf Club has, “between 75 and 100 active members” and meets on Tuesdays. Sounds fun!
A couple of years ago construction of Summerhill’s Harvest Court houses in Moraga broke ground and these 3-4 bedroom houses are now on sale “priced from $1,880,000s”. See the available floor and site plans here.
Has anyone seen coyotes on the Lamorinda Trail recently? I spotted these signs in a couple of locations in Moraga. How do coyotes compare to mountain lions? Should I be worried about coyotes or this is only of concern to small animals?