Canyon Road Bridge Closed in Moraga

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.


home/made kitchen Closes for “Possible Renovations” in Moraga

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.


Reminder – home/made kitchen is OPEN in Moraga

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 at Moraga Library on April 6th

Fine Arts Lecture – Stuart Davis: In Full Swing:

Moraga Library
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.

Daily Life

Moraga Disc Golf Course

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!


Sci-Fi Day 5 at Rheem Theatre in Moraga on April 1st

Sci-Fi Day:

Rheem Theatre
350 Park St, Moraga
Saturday, April 1st, 2017
1:30pm | $10 ($20 all day pass)

See the following classic Sci-fi flicks on the big screen starting with

Tobor the Great at 1:30pm.

The Invisible Boy follows at 4:00pm.

The cult classic, Robot Monster, will be shown at 6:30pm.

Co-star Pamela Paulson will make her first public appearance in a Q&A hosted by Derek Zemrak.
Admission $10
All day Pass $20


Skeletal Remains Found in Moraga

Via Google Maps

From the Moraga PD:

On March 17, 2017, the Moraga Police Department, assisted by members of the Lafayette Police Department, recovered what appeared to be skeletal human remains in a secluded area near the Moraga/Lafayette border (between Rheem Blvd and S. Lucille Lane). The remains appeared to have been in the area for some time.

A hiker reported to Moraga Police that he had been hiking in the area, which is only accessible on foot or by 4-wheel drive vehicle, when he discovered the bones near a seasonal creek. The hiker led officers back to the area and assisted them in locating the remains.

Crime scene technicians, along with search and rescue personnel with dogs and metal detectors, recovered the remains and thoroughly searched the area. The remains will be transferred to the Contra Costa County Coroners Bureau for further investigation and determination of cause of death. Although the exact cause of death and the identity of the deceased person are unknown, there are no apparent signs of foul play at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please contact Lieutenant Brian South at 925-888-7052 or via Dispatch at 925-284-5010.