Geyserville bridge damage - what a new year's party!
On the night of December 31, 2005 Northern California was in the
middle of a major storm, only days after a previous large
storm. Sonoma county's Russian River flooded - at the
route 128 bridge by Geyserville, the water ran over the top of the
Some time that night one of the bridge's main
pilings shifted several feet downstream, causing the bridge to
experience a 'misalignment'.
Sounds just like some other New Year's parties I remember (barely).
of late January, the bridge is still closed, awaiting emergency plans
by Caltrans (there's a community meeting next week with
Caltrans). The detour is across another bridge about 15 minutes
to the south of this bridge.
The following photos are from Caltrans:
"Misalignment" is what Caltrans calls this photo - I guess you can see the double yellow lines shifted in the middle there...
The misalignment is more easily seen in this photo.
I snagged the next 2 photos from Flickr:
is a shot of a house 1/4 mile west of the 128 bridge: there is
about 1' of flooding, so pretty much the whole Alexander Valley must
have been under water. The geologists in the audience will know
that this is good for the valley - it's river floods that deposit rich
new soil in the valley. Next year's grape harvest could be
The river crested that night 3' higher than predicted, so many locals were surprised at how high the water ran.
Here is a shot of the road block protecting us from driving across the closed bridge.
that they still aren't allowing Equiestrians on the sidewalk (are they
supposed to use the road?), and fishing is still prohibited from the
bridge as well.