Slough bridge draws suit

A controversial bridge planned for the redeveloped Hunters Point shipyard has spurred a lawsuit by environmentalists.

The City has approved plans for the former naval land and adjacent Candlestick Point that will ultimately contain 10,500 residential units as well as 320 acres of park and open space and 700,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space.

Included in the plans, however, is a 902-foot bridge that would cross Yosemite Slough in order to connect the two portions of the development. The span — which would be for bus rapid transit, pedestrians and bicylists — has been called a key piece to building a new stadium for the 49ers at the former shipyard.

Environmentalists, however, oppose the bridge because it could damage restored habitat.

The Golden Gate Audubon Society and local Sierra Club chapter sued Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court alleging that the bridge is unnecessary and will harm the environment.

Mayor Gavin Newsom’s spokesman, Tony Winnicker, said the lawsuit was anticipated and that he expects the bridge will be built.

“We’re confident in the incredibly thorough environmental and public review this project received,” Winnicker said.

jupton@sfexaminer.com

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