Broadway Bridge Feasibility study
The cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento are studying the feasibility of a new bridge across the Sacramento River downstream of the Pioneer Bridge. The approximate location may be near South River Road on the west landing and Broadway on the east landing.
The new bridge will be defined as “neighborhood friendly” per the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. The context of being a neighborhood friendly bridge was also adopted by both cities in October of 2011 with acceptance of the Sacramento River Crossings Alternatives Study. The new bridge must accommodate a future streetcar alignment, and must be a moveable span structure to accommodate river traffic. In order to provide increased access between cities for all modes, the bridge design must also include access for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Broadway Bridge Feasibility Study is based upon the recommendations from the Sacramento River Crossings Alternatives Study prepared in 2011. The alternatives included eight potential crossing locations separated in the North, Central, and South market areas. The cities are focusing on the north and south market areas at this time. The proposed Broadway Bridge location is in the south area.
To the north, one new bridge location identified in the study included the I Street Bridge. The cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento are currently designing a new bridge, which will be upstream from the existing I Street Bridge, from C Street in West Sacramento to Railyards Boulevard in Sacramento.
The Broadway Bridge Feasibility Study project team is coordinating with other on-going efforts to enhance and improve the cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento including:
- Broadway Complete Streets Plan
- SHRA Redevelopment of Marina Vista and Alder Grove Neighborhoods
- Downtown Transportation Study (Sac Grid 2.0) www.sacgrid.com
- Pioneer Bluff Transition Plan (Complete)
- Pioneer Bluff De-Industrialization Implementation (On-going with 7-10 year estimated date of completion)
- Pioneer Bluff Master Plan (Anticipated adoption with environmental in 2018)
Costs and Funding
The City of West Sacramento was awarded a $1.5 million federal U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER VI grant to fund the environmental and preliminary engineering phase. The cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento are each contributing $750,000 as local matches, for a total of $3 million.
Future funding is currently being sought for preliminary and final design, additional public participation and outreach, traffic analysis, right-of-way acquisition, and construction. Funding could come from a variety of local, state, and federal sources.
The 10-month Broadway Bridge Feasibility Study will identify alternatives and conceptual costs for crossing alignments and bridge types. It will also determine high-level benefits, impacts, and regulatory considerations through initial community input. Further needed studies in the next phase of the project will also be determined.
The project team anticipates the project approval and environmental phase to begin in January of 2016. Following the preliminary designs, the project team expects the final design and Right-of-Way acquisition to begin in 2020 and continue until 2025. Both cities anticipate construction to be completed between 2025 and 2030. These phases are dependent on future funding.
The Broadway Bridge Feasibility Study includes a community engagement program to inform and involve the community throughout the process.
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The cities and the project team hosted a community open house on Thursday, July 23 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Leataata Floyd Elementary School in Sacramento. The open house provided an opportunity for the community to learn more about the project and provide feedback on several elements of the study. More than 80 community members attended and 24 community members submitted feedback via comment cards about the need or desire for the crossing, connections or traffic, bike and pedestrian access, bridge design, environmental concerns, community outreach, other relevant projects, or alternate bridge locations.
Click here to view a summary of the meeting and feedback received.
Jesse Gothan, City of Sacramento Project Manager
Funding and Project Development - Engineering Services,
City of Sacramento - Department of Public Works
Jason McCoy, AICP, City of West Sacramento Project Manager
Senior Transportation Planner
City of West Sacramento – Public Works, Traffic and Transportation Division