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The County of San Diego's Department of Public Works has started work on Valley Center Road’s bridge over the San Luis Rey River, just west of Harrah's Rincon Casino.

This year, the Federal Highway Administration revised their inspection standards to identify any bridge without enough existing foundation information to be evaluated as a “scour critical” structure. Since the existing bridge was completed in 1939 and evaluated as having an unknown foundation, the administration deemed it as "scour critical."

According to state bridge maintenance engineer Barton Newton, "More than half of all bridge failures in the United States are caused by scour, where flowing water erodes supporting material from bridge piers and abutments."

The new two-lane bridge will be built next to the existing bridge and will have a foundation that meets federal bridge standards, be wider, and have sidewalks. Demolition of the old bridge will be completed when the new one opens to traffic.

The estimated total project cost is $6,316,062, and will be funded by the Federal Highway Administration and gas tax revenue. The project is expected to be completed in early spring 2011.

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PistolPete Oct. 4, 2009 @ 12:22 p.m.

Harrah's isn't kickin' in any of their billions of dollars for this?

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Visduh Oct. 5, 2009 @ 1:21 p.m.

If you expect the tribes to make any significant contribution to alleviating the traffic mess their casinos create, you'll wait a long time. In most cases the approval to build those huge operations should have been contingent upon having the roads or highways to serve them. Did that happen? LOL Look at Highway 76 east of I-15. Pala, Pauma and Harrah's are all served by that highway. But it was narrow, replete with 15 mph hairpin turns, and went up and down, left and right, past those dairies (now closed). Utterly inadequate to do anything more than provide local access to those living in the area. Now there is work underway to upgrade about 1 1/2 miles of the highway. Big whoop! The whole project involves many more miles, and is on the drawing boards. I understand that Pala has committed to a portion of the cost. Heck, Pala should pay the entire price! And it should be done ASAP, not over several more years.

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 5, 2009 @ 1:34 p.m.

What you will find more and more of in modern America is that the more $$ you have the more entitlement there seems to go with it.

Look at the Spanos Crime Family, look at Wall Street, look at any number of well financied individulas or ornagizations and you will find they want to spend YOUR money for THEIR profits....the TARP/Wall Street bail out is another good example.

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Visduh Oct. 5, 2009 @ 4:46 p.m.

SurfPuppy, you're so right. The justification for all that welfare for the rich at the expense of those who are really needy is that they generate JOBS. But the jobs, such as those at casinos, are generally service-sector jobs with odd hours, low pay, no job security, and immersion in vice. Do we really need those, no matter how tough things get?

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 5, 2009 @ 4:56 p.m.

But the jobs, such as those at casinos, are generally service-sector jobs with odd hours, low pay, no job security, and immersion in vice. Do we really need those, no matter how tough things get?

By Visduh

The Indian casinos are making money hand over fist, some of those tribes are paying their members in excess of $200K per year from the profits-that is JUST for being a member of the tribe-not working (at all).

Yet if you go to their websites and look at the jobs and the pay-it is in many cases in the sub $10 range with no benefits.

So I agree, the situation is very abusive.

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