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Replacing Culverts with Bridges

After: bridge installed
Before: upstream side of the washout

Before: upstream side of the washout

The winter of 2010-2011 brought record precipitation to northern California. Coastal cities were without power for days as trees fell on transmission lines and roads washed out preventing access.

Soper-Wheeler was impacted by the storms as well. One of our critical crossings in Sonoma County washed out when rushing water blasted through and undermined a culvert.

Instead of replacing it with another culvert, we opted to install a bridge that allows for fish passage and lower sediment loading of the stream. This crossing will serve us and the riparian habitat for years to come.

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