City of Arroyo GrandeThe Arroyo Grande Public Works Department proudly announces the commencement of the Swinging Bridge Rehabilitation Project, set to begin mobilization on May 13, 2024. The historic bridge will undergo extensive restoration to preserve its charm and safety for generations to come.

Constructed in 1875 by Newton Short, as a way to easily cross the Arroyo Grande Creek from one side of his property to the other, the bridge quickly became a vital pathway for the entire community. Over the years the Swinging Bridge has not only provided a practical function but has become a cherished symbol of the community. As the only bridge of its kind in California, it draws visitors from across the state and beyond, adding to the vibrancy of the Arroyo Grande Village and the City as a whole.

The upcoming rehabilitation project will ensure the bridge meets current safety standards while maintaining its historic integrity. The enhancements will include stabilizing the bridge’s foundation, upgrading handrails, and reinforcing the walkway. Once complete, the five-person maximum weight limit will be removed.

Funding for this project comes from Federal Community Project Funding/Congressionally Directed Spending (CPFCDS) funds and Measure O 2006 Sales Tax Funds.

The project is anticipated to be completed by September 2024 with dates and schedules subject to change. The City is committed to a thorough and efficient process that also minimizes disruption. Throughout the duration of the project, the City will keep the community informed of progress and any necessary adjustments to local pedestrian routes by posting information on its website at, the MyAG Mobile App, and other City communications channels.

The City appreciates the community’s patience and support as we undertake this vital project to safe-
guard this community treasure.