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Rebuild begins of iconic Georgia St. bridge

Crews began a comprehensive seismic retrofit and rehabilitation on Tuesday of the iconic Georgia Street Bridge, a key symbol and artery for San Diego residents that links Hillcrest to North Park.

The $14 million project, scheduled for completion next summer, will also restore the 102-year-old bridge to its former glory after years of neglect, city officials said.

"Collaboration across various government agencies has allowed the city of San Diego to secure vital funding to preserve a treasured San Diego landmark," Councilman Todd Gloria said.

Funding includes $12 million in Federal Highway Administration grants and $2 million from TransNet, the county’s half-cent sales tax surcharge for transportation projects.

The bridge, which crosses busy University Avenue between Park Boulevard and Florida Street, was classified as structurally deficient by assessments in 2011 and 2014 by the California Department of Transportation.

The work will include reconstruction of the bridge from the arch ribs up and restoration of its original appearance by opening up the railing balustrades and replacing the light posts that were removed in the 1940s.

Read the full story on The San Diego Union-Tribune.