Antioch Bridge

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Antioch Bridge
Antioch Bridge.jpg
Antioch Bridge, 2011
Carries 2 lanes of SR 160, bicycles and pedestrians.
Crosses San Joaquin River
Locale Antioch, California and Sacramento County, California, U.S.
Owner Caltrans
Maintained by Caltrans and the Bay Area Toll Authority
Design steel plate girder
Total length 9,504 feet (2,897 m)
Vertical clearance 135 feet (41 m)
Opened 1978
Toll Cars (northbound only)
$5.00 (cash or FasTrak), $2.50 (carpools during peak hours, FasTrak only)
Coordinates 38°01′28″N 121°45′02″W / 38.0244°N 121.7506°W / 38.0244; -121.7506Coordinates: 38°01′28″N 121°45′02″W / 38.0244°N 121.7506°W / 38.0244; -121.7506

The Antioch Bridge (officially known as the Senator John A. Nejedly Bridge) crosses the San Joaquin River linking Antioch, California with Sacramento County, California, United States. The bridge is signed as part of State Route 160. Unlike the other toll bridges in California, the Antioch bridge has only one lane going in each direction. It has bicycle and pedestrian access.

History[edit]

The current bridge was completed and opened to traffic in 1978. It measures 1.8 miles (2.9 km). It replaced the original structure that was built in 1926 by Aven Hanford and Oscar Klatt, who went on to build the original span of the Carquinez Bridge. The original lift span bridge was plagued with problems throughout its lifetime. Heavy traffic could cross it at no more than 15 miles per hour (24 km/h), and its narrow shipping canal led to collisions in 1958, 1963 and 1970.

The 1970 collision spurred efforts to build a replacement bridge. In that incident, the lift span was stuck in the raised position. The bridge tender could not leave the bridge and remained in the control house for three days. Local firemen eventually made their way to him and brought him out, and he immediately quit his position. He went on to tend bridges in the Ryde/Walnut Grove area for many years.

The bridge was tolled when it first opened, but tolls were removed after the state bought the bridge in 1940. Tolls were reinstated with the construction of the new span.

Tolls[edit]

Tolls are only collected from northbound traffic at the toll plaza on the south side of the bridge. Since July 2010, the toll rate for passenger cars is $5. During peak traffic hours, carpool vehicles carrying two or more people or motorcycles pay a discounted toll of $2.50.[1][2] For vehicles with more than two axles, the toll rate is $5 per axle.[3] Drivers may either pay by cash or use the FasTrak electronic toll collection device. There are currently three booths at the toll plaza, with the far left booth dedicated to FasTrak users only; the other two booths accept both cash and FasTrak.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frequently Asked Toll Questions". Bay Area Toll Authority. 2010-06-01. Archived from the original on 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  2. ^ "Toll Increase Information". Bay Area Toll Authority. 2010-06-01. Archived from the original on 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  3. ^ "Toll Increase Information: Multi-Axle Vehicles". Bay Area Toll Authority. 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 

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External images
Antioch Bridge Image