On September 28, 2018 and January 10, 2019, representatives from the Department of Transportation and Public Works convened two community workshops at the Monte Rio Community Center to discuss the replacement of the Monte Rio bridge across the Russian River.
Notification of the meeting was sent by mail to more than 700 Monte Rio property owners and local businesses; email notification to more than 60 residents, business owners, and community organizations; and posting of event flyer notifications on social media and locally.
Approximately 50 community members attended each meeting to provide input regarding the replacement process and potential alignments for the new bridge. The workshops featured a small group activity aimed at identifying preferences for bridge alignment, and a poll was taken to help identify preferences on the uses, aesthetics, and features of the new bridge.
In terms of alignment, the community expressed a preference for the dark blue bridge as seen here:
Based on the information provided by participating community members and an initial assessment of preferences, the project team is conducting further study and preliminary design work to guide the next step of the bridge replacement process.
A third community meeting will be scheduled in Summer 2019 to present the final roadway layout and design concepts, solicit feedback, and address questions.