Wednesday September 17, 2008

Beginning Thursday, September 18 through Monday September 22, the contractor working for the City of Napa on the replacement of the First Street Bridge over Napa River will work extended hours. The City has agreed to allow work hours of 7am to 12midnight Thursday, September 18 through Saturday, September 20; 7am to 11pm on Sunday September 21; and 7am to 9pm on Monday September 22. The extended work hours are needed in order to meet critical schedule deadlines. Pile driving work will be allowed until 7pm each evening. After that time, the contractor will be allowed to perform excavation and hauling activities.

The contractor is working against a deadline to finish construction of the new bridge foundation prior to the end of the “in-water work window.” Maintaining the schedule is necessary to meet the goal of re-opening First Street by the end of July 2009. The “in-water work window” only allows construction activities to take place in the river between July 1 and Oct 15 each year. The purpose of these restrictions is to protect endangered resources, and as a spawning area for endangered fish species, the Napa River is subject to this regulatory control.

More information on the project can be found here.