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Future of Arroyo Grande's historic bridge up in the air

City of Arroyo Grande website

The Village of Arroyo Grande is working on how best to handle the deteriorating status of its historic Bridge Street bridge, complete with its wooden pedestrian walkway.

Locals who want to preserve the structure's place in the community are hoping city leaders will consider upgrades to the bridge in favor of a complete replacement.

The city council was going to take up the issue later this month, but city staff is now recommending that date be pushed off until late June or early July so that more alternatives can be considered.

The bridge—built in the early 1900s—remains open to traffic, but its sufficiency rating is "below the optimum" according to Teresa McClish, Arroyo Grande's community development director.

"I couldn't say how long it would remain open," said McClish. "Certainly if we did nothing, eventually it would close."

A bridge grant through the federal government could help cover the costs of retrofitting, but at this point it's unclear whether the grant's guidelines will work with the project.