When the lane is closed, Rukavina said signs will be posted. The Garvey Avenue Bridge, a significant route in the Valley that runs east to west and connects Rosemead and South El Monte, was built in 1937. “In 2000, it was determined that it was structurally deficient,” Lazzaretto said. The project will include the addition of sidewalks, a median, retaining walls and lighting, as well as channel improvement. The bridge will be widened to 100 feet, although no new lanes will be added. ROSEMEAD – A $10.8 million improvement project of the Garvey Avenue Bridge over the Rio Hondo Channel began earlier this month, and drivers should try to avoid the area within the next several weeks, officials said. One of the four lanes on the bridge will be closed beginning in early to mid-March and will remain so for the majority of the 10-month process, said City Manager Andrew Lazzaretto. “The real activity hasn’t begun yet,” said Ken Rukavina, city engineer, “but when it does, try to avoid this area for awhile.” Construction is scheduled to be completed in January 2008. Pomona-based Reyes Construction, the company that won the bid, started building retaining walls Feb. 5. “The heart of the project is the complete replacement of the existing bridge and roadway,” Rukavina said. The bridge now is unnecessarily long, spanning 655 feet, but once completed it will be 420 feet, according to Reyes Construction. City officials hope the new bridge will serve as a gateway to the community. City Councilwoman Margaret Clark said the bridge will improve traffic flow and will be more pedestrian-friendly. “It will provide better access to the community center and nearby parks,” Clark said Monday. “And, it will look better.” The bridge previously sparked at least one resident to question whether nearby fault lines, including the Alhambra Wash fault line, were adequately examined. City officials, however, said that is not an issue and the fault lines have been fully studied. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!