Q: Why replace the existing bridge?
A: Currently, the bridge is a low‐water crossing that gets inundated and is formally open only five months of the year. Several fatalities have occurred at this bridge over the years. In addition, residents must leave cars on both sides of the river and use a County-operated ferry boat to cross the river. This project will improve public safety and provide residents, emergency vehicles, and resource equipment with year‐round access across the Eel River by replacing the existing bridge with a full‐height, full‐service bridge.
Q: How is the project being funded?
A: The McCann Bridge Replacement Project is 100% federally funded through the FHWA Highway Bridge Program utilizing the Toll Credit match, provided the project meets FHWA and Caltrans criteria.
Q: When will the new bridge be constructed?
A: Construction is tentatively planned to take place between 2028 and 2029.* Year 1 would include construction of bridge supports (abutments and piers), and Year 2 would include construction of the bridge and roadway.
*Subject to funding availability
See the Project Fact Sheet for additional information.