SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A new bridge on the Westside of Santa Barbara officially opened Wednesday after a multi-million dollar renovation project..
Santa Barbara City Public Works held a ribbon cutting for the new Anapamu Street bridge Wednesday morning, marking the end of the seven-month project.
The bridge runs over Old Mission Creek between San Andres and San Pascual Streets. The previous bridge lasted for 92 years
The project widened the roadway and sidewalks to allow for more parking and a better experience for pedestrians.
Those involved with the project and those who live nearby both said the project seemed to go smoothly.
“Really impressed with how this bridge project, with something this complex, they were really careful not to get in the way of the neighborhood as best they could,” neighbor Dan Levin said.
“It’s really great,” said Julie Kahn, who lives near the bridge. “It looks new.”
“I’m very happy to see it done,” said Public Works engineer Ken Young, who worked with the city and contractors on the project. “Sometimes bridges can be pretty stressful during construction. And I had a great team. And luckily the community was very supportive of this project.”
Public Works says they expect this bridge to have a typical bridge lifespan of 70-100 years.
A timelapse of the bridge's construction can be found here.