Motorists driving along the Mendocino County coast next week can expect lengthy delays during the day as Caltrans works on replacing a bridge on Highway 1 south of Elk.

Starting Monday, crews will be removing part of the existing bridge over Greenwood Creek and Caltrans is warning of delays of up to 40-minutes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday. During other the rest of the day and night, one-way traffic controls will be in place seven days a week with delays of about 5 minutes.

The $20.5 million project is expected to be completed in fall 2014. The new bridge will include 12-foot-wide lanes, 6-foot shoulders and a 5-foot-wide, protected pedestrian path that will become part of the California Coastal Trail.

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