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Construction has begun on the Mokelumne Trail bridge in Brentwood, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority announced.

Officials from the county agency and Brentwood broke ground March 18 on the site of the future bridge, which will provide access for cyclists and pedestrians for commuting and recreational travel. The project reconnects two sides of the trail that had been separated by the expansion of Highway 4.

The Mokelumne Trail runs from the Martinez Regional Shoreline to the north, Oakland to the west, and Brentwood to the east passing through Antioch.

This project is part of a larger plan to complete the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail that will connect six counties across California, from the East Bay to the Sierra Nevada.

The bridge also provides a connection to the planned Innovation Center at Brentwood, a 200-plus acre parcel that city officials have zoned for employer and development partners to create a workplace community.

Funding for the $13 million bridge, which is planned for completion in early 2023, came from Measure J, the State Route 4 Bypass Authority and bridge toll funds.