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Broadway Bridge project

Project Description

The cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento are developing preliminary engineering concepts for a new bridge across the Sacramento River downstream of the Pioneer Bridge. The bridge will connect 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 adopted by the City of Sacramento in October of 2011 and accepted by the City of West Sacramento 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 infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists.

Project History

The Broadway Bridge Project is based upon the recommendations from the Sacramento River Crossings Alternatives Study completed in 2011 and the Broadway Bridge Feasibility Study completed in 2015. The River Crossings Alternative Study identified 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 market area.

In the North market area, a new bridge is anticipated to connect C Street in West Sacramento with Railyards Boulevard in Sacramento, just upstream from the historic I Street Bridge. Preliminary engineering and environmental studies are currently in progress for this new Sacramento River Crossing.

The Broadway Bridge Project Team is coordinating with other on-going projects to enhance and improve the cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento including:

  • Broadway Complete Streets Plan
  • Riverfront Redevelopment (both sides of the Sacramento River)
  • The Riverfront Street Extension (currently in design, construction in 18 months) 
  • 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 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 Broadway Bridge Project has evaluated the proposed bridge alignments, studied the potential bridge types and landing alternatives, and completed preliminary engineering and environmental documentation for the project.

The project team anticipates the project approval and environmental documentation (PA/ED) to be completed by Summer 2022. Following the preliminary designs, the cities expect the final design and Right-of-Way acquisition to begin in 2025 and continue until 2030. Both cities anticipate construction to be completed between 2030 and 2035. These phases and schedule are dependent on future funding.


The CEQA lead agency (City of West Sacramento) and the NEPA lead agency (California Department of Transportation, Caltrans, as assigned by the Federal Highway Administration) have completed a Draft Environmental Impact Report / Environmental Assessment (Draft EIR/EA) for the Broadway Bridge project. The Draft EIR/EA was released on July 7, 2021 and was available for comment through August 23, 2021. The Final EIR/EA contains the public and agency comments received during the public review period and responses to each of those comments. Alternative B was selected as the preferred alternative.

The Final EIR/EA is anticipated to be presented to the City Council for certification in July 2022.

The documents are now available online.

Community Involvement

The Broadway Bridge Project includes a robust community engagement program to inform and involve community members of both cities throughout the process.
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Riverfront Renaissance – June 14. 2017

The Cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento hosted a community outreach event to discuss projects happening along the Downtown Riverfront on Wednesday, June 14 at the West Sacramento Corporation Yard. More than 235 community members attended to learn about the Broadway Bridge project, Stone Lock, Pioneer Bluff, the I Street Bridge, Miller Park, Broadway Complete Streets and much more. Community member comments are shared in the summary of feedback.

Community Open House – July 27, 2017

The Cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento hosted a joint open house to kick off the environmental assessment of the Broadway Bridge. This meeting provided an opportunity for the public to share comments or considerations related to the project’s potential environmental effects. 

More than 70 community members attended the community open house at Health Professions High school on July 27 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. A summary of feedback is available.

Virtual Open House – July 28, 2021

The Cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento hosted a joint virtual open house to solicit comments and provide the public the opportunity to learn about the Draft EIR/EA and the environmental review process. All comments were considered at the conclusion of the public circulation period.


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