Highway 46 bridge construction complete east of Paso Robles

May 22, 2014

Classic cars are led across one of the new Estrella River Bridges on Wednesday.
Credit Caltrans

A long-awaited project for those in North County San Luis Obispo officially wrapped up Wednesday with a ceremony on Highway 46.

The new Estrella River Bridges—just east of Paso Robles—are part of a multi-phase $265 million Caltrans project that is upgrading 15 miles of the roadway.

The stretch is being converted from a two-lane highway to a four-lane expressway between Paso Robles and Shandon.

The new bridges are 1000 feet long and 100 feet high, replacing the original bridge built in the mid 1950s.

Phase II of this project is expected to be completed this fall, and the third and final stage should wrap up by October, 2018.