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    Bee file, 2013. The busy Guy West bike and pedestrian bridge over the American River at Sacramento State reaches its 50th birthday in two years – but not before getting a serious face-lift next summer.

  • Tony Bizjak

Back-seat Driver: Guy West Bridge to get a face-lift

Published: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 - 1:18 pm

The busy Guy West bike and pedestrian bridge over the American River at Sacramento State reaches its 50th birthday in two years – but not before getting a serious face-lift next summer.

City officials plan to make a series of structural repairs and repaint the bridge its original "international orange" color, the same color as the Golden Gate Bridge.

The current faded orange paint is lead-based. Workers will have to close the bridge at several junctures to remove that paint.

The $3 million project is scheduled between May and November 2014.

Workers will repair two suspender ropes, fix a truss, repair the concrete walkway,and fix loose handrails.

Red light camera quirk

A driver came to a stop at a red light on Broadway one night a few weeks ago, then mistakenly took off through the intersection while the light was still red.

The good news: It was late and there were no other cars around to crash into. The bad news, or so it seemed: The intersection had red light cameras.

But he did not see a camera flash. His question: Did he somehow escape detection or is a $500 ticket headed his way in the mail?

Here's the surprise answer from our red light camera sources:

He won't be cited.

The cameras are programmed to trigger only if sensors determine a vehicle is approaching the intersection above a certain speed. On Broadway, we're told, that speed is about 15 miles per hour.

It sounds like a camera quirk. But law enforcement officials tell us almost all cars going less than 15 miles as they approach the red light are going to stop. They set the cutoff speed at 15 mph so their camera isn't clicking away at every approaching car.

They just don't figure on someone stopping, then starting up again before the light turns green.

Green means: Watch out!

In California last year, 193 people were killed at intersections, half of them in cars that had the green light or right of way.

Best advice we've heard: When the light turns to green, don't just take off. Look both ways first for yellow or red light runners.

Next week, by the way, is National Stop on Red Week, (but we think you should stop the other 51 weeks too.)

Marysville closure

One intersection no one will be going through for the next month, starting today, is Ninth and E streets in the heart of downtown Marysville, otherwise known as the junction of Highways 70 and 20.

Caltrans is doing major reconstruction work there and warns drivers of delays.

Stoplights at nearby intersections will be disabled as well. Construction is on a hurry-up, 24/7 schedule. Check www.MvForward.org for info.

Call The Bee's Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059. Follow him on Twitter @tonybizjak.

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