A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the completion of the new Davis Road Bridge over Pixley Slough, immediately south of Eight Mile Road. North Stockton, on Thursday, December 9, 2010.
With Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston, Councilman Elbert Holman, SJC Supervisor Ken Voguel, and other City and transport officials in attendance, a new four-lane bridge was officially opened, replacing the existing 75-year old two-lane bridge that, in addition to becoming old, was hardly keeping up with the growing traffic flow. The improved bridge will expand the north access to the city, noted Mayor Johnston. Until now, only two other north access roads offered four-lanes: Thornton Road and West Lane.
The bridge replacement is a continuous reinforced concrete slab 77 feet wide by 71 feet long, wide enough to accommodate four lanes to match the rest of Davis Road. Of special interest, the new bridge tubular hand railing is a public art component by Berkeley artist Eric Powell entitled, “Tools of the Trades,” that includes farming tools historically used in the area of the project.
The project was funded using the Federal Highway Bridge Program (88.53%) and a local agency match (11.47%). “No funding was provided from the City of Stockton General Fund,” said City officials, “This project is consistent with the current City of Stockton General Plan.”