City officials have reopened the Pelandale Avenue bridge spanning Highway 99 in north Modesto and a nearby stretch of Salida Boulevard after closing them for more than a week because a water main had failed and washed away dirt under the road.
Public Works Director Bill Sandhu said in an email that workers had completed repairs Saturday night and the bridge and boulevard had reopened.
“Thanks to our dedicated staff and contractors for their tremendous effort to complete repairs ahead of schedule,” Sandhu wrote. He had estimated the repairs would take two weeks.
The city had advised drivers to avoid the Pelandale interchange and use nearby routes. The closure did not help the flow of cars and trucks on the highway.
“It was really impacting the traffic on the highway,” Sandhu said in an interview. “I’m glad it reopened.”
The bridge was not affected by the broken water main.
Modesto is building a new $55 million interchange at Highway 99, which includes the bridge. Workers demolished the old bridge over the summer, and motorists have been using the new one as work continues on the interchange.