Final Summary Report
Click here to view the final summary report for the American River Crossing Alternatives Study. Click here to view the final technical report. The project team will make a presentation to the City Council on Tuesday, July 23rd.
The project team hosted a community workshop on May 2 to solicit input from the community.
Click here to view a workshop summary.
Nearly 600 respondents completed a non-scientific survey for the American River Crossing Alternatives Study conducted by the City of Sacramento to obtain public input on bridge crossing objectives and travel habits for a section of the American River between I-5 and State Route 160. Seventy-eight percent of survey respondents opined that additional river crossings between I-5 and State Route 160 were either important or very important and over 64 percent stated that travel time reduction for cars, pedestrians, and cyclists should be a determining factor.
Click here to view complete survey results.
What is the project?
The City of Sacramento is conducting an alternatives study for a new crossing of the American River between Interstate 5 (I-5) and the State Route 160 (SR 160) within the City of Sacramento that would connect the Central City and South Natomas. The study will examine alternatives types of crossings, alternative locations for a new crossing, the types of modes the new crossing should serve, potential construction costs, and environmental effects. The City of Sacramento is supported by a team of consultants with expertise in transportation analysis, environmental planning, engineering design, and public outreach.
Why is the project being conducted?
The American River Crossing Alternatives study is being conducted to develop a recommendation for a crossing of the American River between the Central City and South Natomas that best accomplishes the adopted goals and policies of the City of Sacramento. The limited connections across the American River today create longer trips, which discourage walking and bicycling and create a dependence on the automobile while reducing the potential to achieve planned urban development and re-development of opportunity sites in both areas.
Currently, local traffic uses State-owned facilities, either I-5 or SR 160, to travel between the Central City and South Natomas. This contributes to travel delays on I-5 and SR 160 during peak periods and reduces options for emergency response teams, evacuation, and non-motorized travel.
How is the project being funded?
The project is being funded by a Caltrans Partnership Planning grant and local funds.
What is the project timeline?
The alternatives study is scheduled for completion by April 2013.
How will stakeholder input be included?
The project team has assembled a Stakeholder Advisory Committee that includes representatives of the American River Parkway, environmental, pedestrian/bicycle interests, neighborhood and business organizations, to ensure diverse perspectives are considered throughout the planning process. SAC meetings are open to the public for observation. In addition, the project team will host two community workshops and conduct an informal web-based survey of needs and perspectives related to a new crossing in order to collect feedback from the general public.
Stakeholder Advisory Committee Materials
Additional Background and Resources
Questions? Contact Gladys Cornell at (916) 442-1168.