PA ID# 079-91020; San Luis Obispo County Community College District
DSR ID# 94798,97362; Chorro Creek Timber Bridge Repair
PURPOSE: Respond to third appeal of the San Luis Obispo Community College District for repair of Chorro Creek Bridge.
DISCUSSION: During the 1995 winter storms (FEMA-1046-DR-CA), damages occurred to the Chorro Creek Bridge and the underlying embankment. Based on various inspections and technical evaluations, it has been the subgrantee's position that the disaster-related damages are extensive enough to warrant replacement of the existing 50+ year old timber bridge with a new reinforced concrete structure. FEMA review of pre-disaster bridge condition reports (Caltrans) has concluded, however, that some of the damages were present prior to the disaster, such that repairs associated with these damages are not eligible for FEMA assistance. To-date, FEMA has obligated a total of $128,516 (DSRs 94798 and 97362), to restore the pavement on the bridge deck, provide lateral bracing of the pile bents, and to repair the abutment slope protection. The third appeal asserts that the eligible scope of repair does not account for all disaster-related damages. The subgrantee is requesting funding for replacement of the bridge. It is again found that portions of the requested repair work pertain to components of the bridge structure which were damaged prior to the disaster. Considering only the disaster-related damages, it is found that DSRs 94798 and 97362 propose a reasonable scope of work. However, a supplemental DSR should be prepared to fund two additional scope items; pavement removal and concrete placement for utility foundation support. Other requested items, including repair to codes and standards, hazard mitigation items and the cost for the bridge replacement are found to be not eligible.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Sign letter partially granting this appeal.