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Century-Old Quito Road Bridges Coming Down Despite Concerns

The Los Gatos Town Council is set to approve part of the project's cost, being covered jointly with the City of Saratoga and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, to the tune of $300,000.

One of the 100-year-old bridges on Quito Road on the Saratoga-Los Gatos border. The structures are slated to be demolished in 2016. Courtesy maps.google.com
One of the 100-year-old bridges on Quito Road on the Saratoga-Los Gatos border. The structures are slated to be demolished in 2016. Courtesy maps.google.com
Two 100-year-old bridges at the intersection of Old Adobe Road on the Los Gatos-Saratoga border are going to be demolished despite neighbors' concerns about trees being uprooted to make way for the project and disruption of the San Tomas Aquino Creek's riparian corridor.

The Los Gatos Town Council is set to approve part of the project's cost, being covered jointly with the City of Saratoga and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, to the tune of $300,000.

A staff report by Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Director Matt Morley states the bridges are considered "substandard" and are located on the south and on the north of Old Adobe Road and that the three agencies paying for the work share responsibility for the structures that span San Tomas Aquino Creek.

Saratoga is serving as the project's lead agency securing 88.5 percent of the project construction and right-of-way acquisition cost funding through Federal Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation funds.

The remaining 11.5 percent of the project's cost is coming from local matching funds from Los Gatos, Saratoga and the water district, according to the staff report.

The two towns have been wanting to replace the bridges since October of 2000, but the work has been delayed due to challenges dealing with environmental processes, right-of-way acquisition and design issues. 

Saratoga has now secured the environmental clearances and is ready to proceed with the next steps in the right -of -way acquisition to complete the project, the report said.
The project's original design consultant is no longer in business, so a new one will be hired. The new consultant will have to adhere to Caltrans' new standards, the report stated.

The agencies expect to complete the project's design and right-of-way acquisition by 2015 and begin construction by 2016, the report stated.

TELL US: Should the bridges come down? What impacts related to this project will have to be mitigated? 

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Larry Arzie January 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Town Hall is substandard, so are most of the buildings downtown.
Esmée St James January 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Pity to demolish an historic structure, why not reinforce it instead?
Jeanne Rajabzadeh January 20, 2014 at 03:53 PM
The two bridges are over 100 years old, in disrepair and narrow. I think they are beyond the point of saving. It would be a shame to have the bridge collapse as a car was driving over it. Maybe some of it could be saved and displayed in the Saratoga and Los Gatos museums?
Marilyn Leonard January 20, 2014 at 04:07 PM
It's a shame to tear them down, but safety is obviously a concern - although if they aren't being demolished until 2016.....
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz January 20, 2014 at 06:43 PM
Safety First! Hate 2 see what a Big Earth Quake would do...
John McGinnis January 21, 2014 at 09:53 AM
Here is another example of the attmepted destruction of historical structures in our area. There should be more emphasis on restoration such as was finally done on the Roberts Road bridge. Everyone is so quick to cite safety and to worry it to death...eqrthquakes, collapse, etc. How did these bridges ever survive for 100 years with all the stress of time ...and earthquakes? Somehow I can't forget what our city stewards did to the Los Gatos Lyndon Hotel(1899-1963) and what they replaced it with.
old neighbor dude January 21, 2014 at 03:41 PM
John, have you ever taken a strength of materials class. Just because something can take a certain amount of load at one point does not mean it will take that amount of load its whole life. It's called fatigue strength. Look it up dude.
John McGinnis January 21, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Dear old neighbor dude...do you have a name? Yes I am aware of strength of materials, structural engineering and fatigue. That is why I emphasizded *restoration* which satisfies that issues. My interests are with preservation, not unnecessary demolition and replacement.
Jim McCarthy January 21, 2014 at 10:38 PM
Not everything thing old is a treasure, now that its gone I hardly miss my old knee.

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