As governments prepare for a loss of tax dollars due to the coronavirus, a $10 million reconstruction project on the South Coast is coming to a successful close at a very good time.
Work had been underway by the City of Santa Barbara on the Quinientos and De La Guerra bridge projects well before the coronavirus crisis gripped the economy.
In each location, a bridge that was almost a century old has been replaced with a new structure that includes pedestrian corridors and fresh landscaping.
The old walkways were described as "substandard."
In the 1990's, two major storms overwhelmed the old bridges, as water flowed into neighborhood homes.
Funding for the replacement project came predominantly from the Federal Highway Administration.