Monday, October 15 , 2018, 9:19 pm | Fair 60º

 
 
 
 

County Opens New Tepusquet Road Bridge

The structure, which replaces a dirt crossing, improves access for residents and emergency vehicles

Santa Barbara County officials on Saturday opened the Tepusquet Road Bridge, the first, all-new, all-weather bridge built by the county in decades.

Fifth District Supervisor Joseph Centeno and County Executive Officer Michael Brown, along with North County residents, officials from the county Public Works Department and the county Fire Department formally opened the bridge during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The $4.2 million, 700-foot-long, 34-foot-wide bridge spans the Sisquoc River and provides a much-needed safety link for North County residents, emergency vehicles and businesses between Foxen Canyon Road and Tepusquet Road.

The bridge replaces a seasonal dirt crossing of the Sisquoc riverbed that was available only when dry river conditions allowed temporary vehicle access to cross where the bridge now stands.

The Tepusquet Bridge creates a vital lifeline for the public, law enforcement and fire personnel, especially the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and paramedics based near the Sisquoc community on the Foxen Canyon Road side of the bridge. Previously, emergency first responders had to make a 12- to 15-mile detour to alternative crossings in order to serve the Tepusquet Road communities.

Now, the bridge allows easy, all-weather access and can save as much as 15 minutes off initial response times by emergency personnel. The bridge took about a year to build and was completed on time and on budget.

The ceremony also included a special plaque dedication honoring the significant contributions of two community members. Honorees included Linda Tunnel and Renee O’Neill, who have worked for several years with the Fire Safe Council to help prepare the Tepusquet community for fire emergencies and emergency preparedness.

Both women have worked closely with the Fire Safe Council, the county Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service for several years organizing community fire safety meetings and developing a phone tree notification system that was used for evacuation alerts to remote areas of Tepusquet during last year’s La Brea Fire. They are currently assisting County Fire with implementing a $63,000 grant to enhance evacuation corridors and defensible space areas around 40 structures in the Tepusquet Community.

The bridge was designed by Quincy Engineering Inc. of Sacramento. The bridge was built by Shasta Constructors Inc. of Redding. Funding was provided by the federal Highway Bridge Program, the vounty General Fund and the Wildlife Conservation Board.

— William Boyer is communications director for Santa Barbara County.

 

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.