Anderson, California. As I have observed the on-going construction on the Cypress Avenue Bridge from my office window, I have grown increasingly concerned about the boating hazards that any kayaker, rafter, drift boater, or power boater must encounter to travel under the construction trestle. In prior blogs, I have discussed the safety issues that have been pointed out by the State and the Sheriff’s Office.
I was disheartened to learn this morning that a drift boat capsized yesterday at the North Street Bridge in Anderson killing one of the fisherman aboard. This bridge, 7 miles downstream from the Cypress Ave. Bridge, is also under construction. It is not clear from the account whether the boat struck the construction pilings or the bridge itself. A 30- foot passage is designated for boating traffic to utilize.
The death of this 56 year old fisherman from San Jose underscores the fact that these construction sites over the water are inherently dangerous to boaters. The Sacramento River in our region is swift, cold and unforgiving. All boaters should use extreme caution when approaching these construction sites.
Work has started on the expansion of the State Route 44 bridge near Turtle Bay. This will mean that 3 of the 4 main bridges across the Sacramento in our region will be under construction for the next two to three years. With the death of one boater already upon us, safety of the boating public should be the primary concern of the local governments and construction companies in regulating the use of the river during this time.