Mt. Murphy Bridge Repair Warning

The El Dorado County Department of Transportation will be doing emergency repairs on the one-lane bridge over the South Fork of the American River that connects Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park with Mt. Murphy. (The Highway 49 bridge over the South Fork is not affected.) This bridge is just downstream of Troublemaker Rapid, near the end of the Chili Bar run, and before the put-in at Marshall Park.

The repairs, scheduled for Oct. 2 through Oct. 19, 2007, will require closing of the bridge for a minimum of 20 minute delays up to 6 hours at a time on Oct. 8 through 11th, 2007.

All river rafters and kayakers should take caution when going under the Mt. Murphy Bridge while repairs are being completed during this time period. If at all possible, stay to the southwestern side of the river (river-left) when going under the bridge.

ON OCTOBER 2, 3, 4, and 5, 2007 AND
ON OCTOBER 12, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2007

As part of the Mt. Murphy Bridge Emergency Repair Project, Mt. Murphy Bridge will be intermittently closed for bridge deck repairs. The closure is scheduled for 20 minute delays during the hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on October 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2007 and again on October 12, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2007.

FROM 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
ON OCTOBER 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2007

The bridge repairs will cause the closure of the bridge for 6 hours on October 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2007. This closure will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each of these 4 days. It is possible that the work will be completed in two days (Oct. 8 & 9, 2007), but this is the anticipated worst case scenario in case repairs take longer than expected.

We have posted a printable PDF flyer with the above details. For more information contact Julie Duchscherer, El Dorado County Department of Transportation, at (530) 621-5922.