Half Moon Bay voters will have a chance to weigh in on the future of the Main Street Bridge directly as the City Council moved to place two measures on the June ballot.
One measure will reflect the proposed initiative from those seeking to preserve the bridge as well as a council-backed initiative that would provide greater flexibility on design and safety features, according to a city press release.
The City Council had voted in September to demolish the bridge in favor of a new structure after it was revealed to be structurally unsafe. A group of residents and merchants had expressed caution about tearing down the bridge and said it could hurt business since it’s the main artery into downtown. Replacing the bridge was estimated to cost $7 million and would have some federal funding.
“Having two ballot measures will provide the residents of Half Moon Bay with a clear choice on the future of the Main Street Bridge,” offered Mayor John Muller. “Instead of going through an exhaustive and costly signature gathering process, let’s have the voters weigh in as soon as possible at our next scheduled election. After a long review process, the City Council determined that the Bridge is a safety hazard and must be addressed. The June ballot measures will help us determine the best path forward to accomplish that goal.”
The council directed the city attorney to draft both measures in time for the March 4 meeting. Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed ballot measures before the City Council takes action, according to the press release.
The meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 at the Adcock Community/Senior Center, 535 Kelly Ave.