Stanislaus County supervisors hire Oakdale firm to quake-proof bridge

The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors hired Cunningham & Sons of Oakdale to make earthquake-proof a bridge on Grayson Road at Laird Slough, east of town.

State transportation leaders have wanted to do the seismic retrofit since 2003. Federal bridge replacement money will cover $107,000 of the expected $190,000 cost.

In other action, the supervisors:

- Used eminent domain to seize another parcel needed to widen Kiernan Avenue north of Modesto. Property controlled by Union Pacific Railroad became the 31st parcel in recent months taken by the county over owners’ objections.

-Agreed to require that the owner of a mobile home on Wilkins Avenue in Oakdale to remove it or renew its permit.