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.|
|Design||steel plate girder|
|Total length||9,504 feet (2,897 m)|
|Vertical clearance||135 feet (41 m)|
|Toll||Cars (northbound only)
$5.00 (cash or FasTrak), $2.50 (carpools during peak hours, FasTrak only)
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.
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 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. 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.
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