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Laguna Niguel Regional Park Bridges Closed Until Early 2013

The park is open but the bridges will remain closed for construction and are not expected to be open until at least Jan. 31. 2013, according to OC Parks officials.

The bridges at Laguna Niguel Regional Park are getting revamped and made safer for visitors, say OC Parks officials.

An inspection earlier this year found the bridges were structurally unsafe for vehicle traffic. Posts were installed to prevent traffic on it throughout the summer and retrofitting began in September.

"During the retrofit process, workers discovered that the bridges would need to be lifted to place the steel reinforcement on them. OC Parks is currently working to find a contractor who can perform that specific work," said spokesperson for OC Parks, Marisa O'Neill.

Also, because the lake is a waterway that drains to the ocean, there are requirements to capture any debris that may fall off it, so there is plastic netting set up around it, she said.

"We ask the public’s patience and to respect the closure for their own safety and for the integrity of the netting. We will update our website as we have a better idea of a completion date, but are hoping for Jan. 31 at the latest," O'Neill said.

Laguna Niguel Regional Park's 80 acres of turf surround a 44 acre lake, which is regularly stocked with catfish, bass and blue gill and trout during the winter months only. A large assortment of trees dot the park's 236 acreage providing beauty and shade.

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