Anza bridge closed

CALEXICO, Calif. – A 90-year-old bridge in Imperial County was closed when it was deemed unsafe for everyday traffic due to structural deficiencies. Traffic going to the east port of entry will now have to take a slight detour for a long while due to the closure of the bridge that crosses the All-American canal. In a recent study by the Federal Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the bridge was found to be too worn out for the traffic that is common in that area.

“That bridge out there gets a lot of  agricultural traffic with heavy equipment. What we were concerned was the amount of equipment that goes across that bridge and the type of equipment is very heavy.” said Doug Hendrix, Public Administrator Specialist with BOR.

Local officials would like to do more about it, but they say it’s out of their hands.

“Bridges are normally owned by the County of Imperial but in this case it’s owned by the BOR, so it’s over 80-years-old, structurally unsafe,” said County Supervisor John Renison, “It’s not as if  we had local control on the design. It goes to Cal-Trans and to the federal government.”

County officials say they predict the bridge will remain closed for at least two years. The good news is that a new bridge won’t cost the county any money, the repairs will be federally funded, according to Renison.

“If we see that we have to do a match at some point in the future, we’re going to be open to that.” said Renison.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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