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.
1524 Locust St, Walnut Creek
Last spring we learned that the San Francisco-based Peruvian restaurant Limon Rotisserie would be coming to downtown Walnut Creek where Inge’s Footwear used to be and the signage is finally up. Check out their menus here and read about their background here. Right next door Lokanta Mediterranean Bar & Grill will be opening as well.
Spotted a funny, new sculpture in downtown Walnut Creek in front of Vineyard Vines titled Bullman with Bulldog. There is even a Vineyard Vines dog bowl in front. Classic!
411 Hartz Ave, Danville
Last week we learned that the clothing store J.McLaughlin opened in Lafayette and in late April they also opened in Danville on Hartz Ave next to the historic Danville Hotel where Basque Boulangerie Cafe is located. Find out more about their story (founded in 1977) here and check out their online selection here.
1521 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill
Thanks to a reader for sending word about a new yoga studio called Align Yoga coming to Pleasant Hill. Their grand opening will be June 23rd – June 25th and they will offer various yoga classes including hot yoga. Check out their classes here, rates here, and read about the instructors here. Check for updates on their Facebook page here.
From their website:
Our goal is to create a space for the yoga community that provides balance, health and wellness to it’s members. Align Yoga’s philosophy is to offer a variety of yoga classes and styles, suitable to all levels and aid in everyone’s yoga journey.
Our classes will be at varying temperatures depending on the class. The benefits of hot yoga are for everyone. The heat is a tool to increase flexibility by warming the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. It improves range of motion and balance. The heat and humidity of the room detoxes the body through sweating. Our yoga rooms and sauna use the latest technology of infrared heat to detox and heal the body from the inside out.
Lyric, Walnut Creek
Thanks to a reader for sending word that according to the latest leasing information from the new apartment complex Lyric, located in downtown Walnut Creek on Locust St, Ascona Pizza will be opening a new location here. They currently have locations in Danville, Pleasanton and San Ramon. Check out their menu here.
From their web site:
We hand-make our dough daily, using our secret family recipe, and every ingredient we use is the highest quality available.
We hope you enjoy our hand tossed pizza dough, and our cheese is the best Wisconsin whole mozzarella cheese available. We guarantee our meats to be of excellent quality, including a first class selection of sausages and the freshest vegetables available.
1299 Parkside Dr, Walnut Creek
Thanks to a reader for sending word that Consignment Plus Home Furnishings closed last month on Parkside Dr. in Walnut Creek (above Kinder’s). According to a sign in the window they filed for bankruptcy.
1261 Locust Street, Walnut Creek
Victory Workspace, formerly known as Laptop Lounge, is relocating from their N. California Blvd space to Locust St, right next to Century Theater in downtown Walnut Creek. According to a sign in the window they expect to open in June. A couple of months ago they opened a second location in Danville in the historic Shuey Podva house on Hartz. Ave.
A few months ago we learned that the pond at Blackhawk Plaza in Danville was drained and the ducks did not look happy at all. Happily, when I stopped by recently the pond has been refilled and the ducks look like they’re having a blast. Yay! 🙂
3555 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Late last year we pondered whether a new poke restaurant called Poke Go would be coming to Lafayette to replace the Chinese reaturant The Tasteful Noodle and as you can see in the above photo, the temporary signage is up. Check for updates on their Facebook page here.