Matilija Dam Removal Underway with Santa Ana Bridge Construction

The Ventura County Public Works Agency (VCPWA) commemorated the start of the Santa Ana Boulevard Bridge project with a groundbreaking ceremony on June 7 at the bridge site. The groundbreaking was attended by Ventura County Supervisor, Matt LaVere as well as representatives from California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California State Coastal Conservancy.

“The construction of the Santa Ana Bridge replacement is really the gateway to the removal of Matilija Dam,” said Glenn Shephard, Director of VCPWA-Watershed Protection. “This new, wider, longer and taller replacement bridge will enhance sediment transport, reduce the need for maintenance after major storm events, and improve migration up and down the Ventura River for the federally-endangered southern California steelhead.”

The project replaces the existing Santa Ana Boulevard Bridge with a 350‐foot‐long, three‐span bridge to be built just upstream of the existing bridge. This new bridge will not only meet current seismic standards but provide greater flow area to pass storm flows and sediment after Matilija Dam is removed and will enhance passage of endangered steelhead trout.

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