Here are some important updates regarding Caltrans’ plans to replace the Salmon Creek and Albion River Bridges, as well as significantly widen Highway 1 from Navarro Ridge Road to Albion Ridge Road. This is a roughly $100 million construction project that could have significant impacts on traffic, businesses, and the environment in the Albion area.
Albion River Bridge historic designation
The Albion River Bridge has been nominated for historic landmark status.
On May 10, the nomination will be heard by the state Office of Historic Preservation at a hearing in Pasadena. The office welcomes comments regarding this nomination. Comments in favor or against should be sent by April 25 to:
State Historic Preservation Officer
Office of Historic Preservation
1725 23rd St., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95816-7100
For the Historic Landmark Application which was prepared by Albion resident and architect John Johansen click here: http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24368
Scroll down to “Albion River Bridge,” then click the link to open the PDF of the application. Here is the application's abbreviated summary paragraph:
"The Albion River Bridge is a rare example of a timber deck over combination steel and timber truss bridge. It is the only surviving bridge of its type in the California state highway system. It was constructed during WW II, when strategic material shortages required innovative engineering design. With its historic integrity entirely intact, the Albion River Bridge stands today, exactly as it was built."
These updates come to you from the Albion Community Advisory Board (ACAB). ACAB’s mission is to review studies on the Albion River and Salmon Creek Bridges and their Highway 1 approaches, and to summarize and present these to the Mendocino Coast community. When there are important developments, we hold monthly meetings and make announcements here. We hope to see you in Mendocino this Thursday.
Jim Heid, President, ACAB