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New Bridge Means Loss Of View

By Logan Hall

Residents of Old Creek Road have had their share of difficulties over the years when trying to access Highway 33. In the event of heavy rains, San Antonio Creek, which flows across Old Creek Road near the “33,” can rise high enough to prevent crossing, and residents are unable to get to the main highway.
The county of Ventura hired Rasmussen General Engineering Contractors to build a bridge from the highway to traverse the creek, and allow the people who live down Old Creek Road to make it to the main highway during even the worst storms. According to county specifications, the bridge will be a 210-foot-long, two-span, cast-in-place concrete box girder bridge designed to clear the 100-year floodplain. The total cost for the project has been estimated at about $2.5 million.
For those who use Old Creek Road on a regular basis, the bridge will provide them with much-needed relief from the stresses of being stranded and cut off from their only access to the rest of the valley.
Old Creek Road resident Dave Wilk has had experience dealing with the pitfalls of living next to a watershed like San Antonio Creek. Wilk and his wife had been out of town during a storm two or three years ago. When they returned later that evening to take care of their niece, who was living with them and couldn’t be left alone due to a debilitating brain injury, they found that getting home wasn’t going to be easy. “By the time we came home the stream had risen considerably,” said Wilk. “We had to get home to our niece so we attempted to drive across. Unfortunately, we misjudged the water and the car stalled out in the middle of the stream.”
After calling 911, they crawled through the sunroof and were eventually rescued by the Fire Department. Although they escaped unharmed, Wilk believes that the situation could have ended much worse for him and his wife. “Fortunately, the car didn’t move,” he continued. “Had we been pushed downstream, the car could have toppled over and been submerged. It could have been a life-threatening situation.”
Some locals, while understanding the necessity of the project, are not happy with certain aspects of the construction. Part of the plan includes the grading of the hill that lies directly behind the sign at the Rancho Arnaz cider barn on the corner of Highway 33 and Old Creek Road.
“I got a little sentimental when I saw them taking down that hill,” said valley resident Mark Metzner. “That hillside has been there for as long as I can remember.”
Glenn Derossett, engineering manager for the County of Ventura Public Works Agency transportation department, says there is good reason for

Residents of Old Creek Road have had their share of difficulties over the years when trying to access Highway 33. In the event of heavy rains, San Antonio Creek, which flows across Old Creek Road near the “33,” can rise high enough to prevent crossing, and residents are unable to get to the main highway. The county of Ventura hired Rasmussen General Engineering Contractors to build a bridge from the highway to traverse the creek, and allow the people who live down Old Creek Road to make it to the main highway during even the

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