Dickenson Ferry Road at Bear Creek Bridge Replacement Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Merced County
Document Title
Dickenson Ferry Road at Bear Creek Bridge Replacement Project
Document Type
CON - Early Consultation
Document Description
The County of Merced, in conjunction with Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), proposes to replace Bear Creek Bridge (Bridge #39C0095) on Dichenson Ferry Road in Merced County. The new bridge is to be a 90-foot long by 35.5 foot-wide concrete structure which will be placed in the same location as the old structure. The project will necessitate the realignment of four adjacent canal bank roadways, the removal of an existing residence, and the widening of Dickenson Ferry Road to 32 feet for a length of approximately 600 feet on both sides of the bridge. On the east side of the bridge, Dickenson Ferry Road and the adjacent Quinley Avenue intersection will be realigned. A substantial amount of fill will need to be imported to provide for a smooth vertical transition to the existing grade. Several hundred feet of the O'Donnell Lateral, an irrigation canal owned and operated by the Merced Irrigation District, will need to be relocated as a result of this project. Significant modifications will need to be made to the irrigation system from the agricultural property on the northwest corner of the project.

Contact Information

Steven Rough
Agency Name
Merced County
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Dickenson Ferry Road/Gurr Road/Quinley Avenue
State Highways
Southern Pacific
Castle AFB
Hartley Slough/Duck Slough/Owens Creek/Bear Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 10 (DOT), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Water Resources, Office of Historic Preservation, Resources Agency, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Project Issues
Geology/Soils, Hydrology/Water Quality, Transportation, Wildfire

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