Ventura’s California Street bridge undergoes renovation, Ventura County promoted in Sacramento
By Chris O’Neal
Ventura’s California Street Bridge is to receive a facelift starting this month as the city makes plans to add safety features, new lighting, decorative railings and more.
The bridge, a major thoroughfare for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, currently allows only one-sided passage for the latter, connecting Ventura’s downtown district to beach attractions such as the boardwalk and pier.
The upgrades are meant to “create a safer environment” and to make it more apparent that the 101 Freeway’s California Street offramp is the entry to the historic Ventura downtown district.
“Tens of thousands of people cross this highly visible pedestrian path between downtown and the beachfront every year,” said Kevin Clerici, director of the Downtown Ventura Partners business improvement district. “The taller railing, overhead lighting and art elements will go a long way to improve and beautify what is now a pretty inelegant walkway. We are grateful to see these long-awaited improvements completed.”
The construction is expected to begin later this month with an anticipated completion date in August. Crews are expected to work on the project between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and the city is cautioning that access to the California Street bridge may be restricted during the working hours.
Meanwhile, in Sacramento, Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long, District 3, and county staff have unveiled a new display at the California State Capitol in Sacramento promoting tourism in Ventura County.
Each of California’s 58 counties is given a display at the Capitol. Ventura County’s display will now feature artwork by Newbury Park artist Shannon Lundberg and an 18-guage steel panel featuring plasma-cut depictions of several Ventura County treasures: oak trees, the Channel Islands and the San Buenaventura Mission. Within the artwork is an HD monitor that will cycle through photos of Ventura County.
“This display really tells the story of Ventura County,” said Long. “It is bold, beautiful, technologically advanced and inclusive; it represents everything we value about where we live, work and play.”
Three million people visit the State Capitol building on an annual basis.