Recently discovered evidence of structural damage to the Canyon Bridge – the venerable but relatively unappreciated back door from Moraga to Canyon and beyond – has resulted in its indefinite closure, commencing at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday).
Town officials said Canyon Road will be closed between Constance Place in Moraga and the EBMUD-owned Valle Vista Staging area. Commuters – and truckers who recently discovered the route by way of an online directions ap – will be denied its use for an undetermined period of time.
UPDATE: Our point about oversized truckers attempting to use Canyon as a “cut through” to Moraga was borne out at 4:33 p.m. Wednesday when an 18-wheel car carrier with three cars aboard wedged itself into the hillside at Canyon Road and Pinehurst.
Witnesses said the driver attempted to roll his truck backwards and forwards in an effort to free his vehicle but ended up only wedging himself in tighter. A two truck was summoned and the effort to free the truck (from the Oakland side of Canyon) was underway at 7:30 p.m.
A release issued by the town reported that the bridge had been structurally compromised by a nearby land slide and slides, possibly created by our recent rains. Both geotechnical and structural engineers determined that the bridge appears to have been damaged.
The town is coordinating with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District and other agencies to finalize contingency plans for providing emergency services to the residents of Canyon.