The Bello Bridge was competed in 1913 and provided a crossing over the Pismo Creek as the city developed a link between Bello Street and Frady Lane. Sadly, in 1983 the bridge was deemed to be unsafe and closed to the public.
Under a federal program the city has received 100% of the funding needed to replace this bridge. Once complete, the new Bello Bridge will provide for faster response times from Police, Fire and Public Works to many areas of town, and also provide greater access to the U.S. 101 northbound onramp on Bello by those at the southern end of Highway 1.
On April 21, 2020 City Council awarded a contract to Papich Construction Co., Inc. to complete the project. Construction began in June of 2020. The old bridge has been removed, clearing and grubbing has been completed, all abutment and pier foundations have been installed, and the abutment walls have been constructed on both ends of the bridge. The permit with the California State Water Resources Control Board required that no work take place in the active creek channel after October 31, 2020. The project was stopped on October 31, 2020 and resumed on June 15, 2021. Staff anticipates this project to be complete in January of 2022.