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Central City Mobility Project

The Central City Mobility Project (formerly Downtown Mobility) is expanding the protected bikeway network on the grid and implementing traffic circulation changes to enhance travel options for all modes. This project is an implementation of the recommended mobility improvements outlined in the Central City Specific Plan, which aims to improve connections in the urban center for biking, walking, and transit.

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Central City Mobility Updates: May 2023

Construction work has begun with a series of repairs including resurfacing and re-striping work.

Current work:

  • Striping activities continue on P and Q Streets
  • Major grinding and paving activities move to I Street and 10th Street.
    • I Street:
      • Digouts: 6/30- 7/7.
      • Raising iron: 7/10-7/15
      • The final slurry seal and striping will occur in August.
  • 10th Street
    • Digouts: 7/10 - 7/14.
    • Grind and overlay: 7/17 - 7/21
    • Raising iron and striping: 7/24 - 8/4

Project Updates:

  • Final striping complete* on 19th and 21st Street. (Waiting on poles, signals, flexible posts, and signs)
    • FYI: 19th Street south of Q Street will be completed in August.
  • There is a new temporary pedestrian signal push-button next to the bikeway at 21st and I Street until the new bike signal arrives.

Community Impacts:

  • Dates subject to change
  • Contractors will close lanes for several blocks at a time to allow space to complete the work.
  • Isolated intersection closures as needed to perform intersection paving.
  • Parking restrictions are in place where necessary. 

The city staff continues to mitigate construction impacts and collaborate with the community to coordinate and notify local businesses of the planned work. Stay tuned here for bi-weekly updates.

Did you join us at our community open house last November? We shared project designs and why this project is needed, and you gave us some great feedback! For more details, check out the meeting summary from the open house here.

Click below (or keep scrolling) for information about:

Project Description
Project Features
Two-Way Conversion
Protected Bikeway Configuration
Turn Wedges
Bikeway Transitions
Why Bikeways and Two-Way Conversions?
Parking Changes and City Services
Construction Schedule
Funding And Project Costs
Getting Around During Construction

Constructions Photos

Road Construction
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Road Construction


Two-Way Conversion

5th Street will be converted from a one-way to a two-way street, between Broadway and H Street, and bike lanes will be added in both directions.

Protected Bikeways

The project will extend the protected bikeway network on: 

  • 9th Street (Q Street to L Street),
  • 10th Street (Broadway to Q Street),
  • 19th Street (H Street to Broadway),
  • 21st Street (I Street to Broadway),
  • P Street (15th Street to 21st Street), and
  • Q Street (14th Street to 21st Street). 

The improvements on I Street will include a reduction from 3 lanes to 2 lanes, to provide space for the bicycle facilities.

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Community Meeting November 2022

On Thursday, November 10, 2022, the City of Sacramento hosted a community workshop about the Central City Mobility Plan at the Capitol Events Center. Community members had a chance to hear project updates and provide feedback prior to construction.

Project Features

Two-Way Conversion

Changes to the Lane Configurations:

Old lane configuration on top and new lane configuration on bottom

Protected Bikeways

Changes to the Lane Configurations:

Old lane configuration

New lane configuration with bikeway protection

Note: Bikeways will be on the left side of the street (with regards to the direction of vehicle travel) on 9th Street, 19th Street, 21st Street, P Street, and Q Street, to avoid conflicts with bus stops. Bikeways will be on the right side of the street on 10th Street and I Street.

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Turn Wedges and Intersections

The project will install “turn wedges” at intersections to slow vehicles turning across the bikeway.

Turn wedge implementation design

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Bikeway Transitions

The side of the street selected for the bikeways was chosen to minimize conflicts with bus routes and driveways/intersections. There are some locations where the bike facility must transition from one side of the street to the other, to conform to the existing street configuration. At these locations, the bicyclist will use a two-stage turn box to make the transition:

Biker path transition into bikeway


Studies have shown that many people are interested in riding bikes to get around, but have concerns about riding next to moving vehicle traffic. These “interested but concerned” people benefit from protected bikeways, which provide separation from moving cars. Providing bike facilities that are comfortable for a wide range of users will help Sacramento provide equity in transportation choices, and support our efforts to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Less than 1% are strong and fearless. 5% are enthusiastic and confident.  60% are interested, but concerned. 35% are no way, no how.

A two-way conversion on 5th Street will provide bi-directional access for both cars and bicyclists, linking Upper Land Park, Broadway, Southside Park, Downtown, and the Railyards. It will also calm traffic, as two-way streets generally have lower vehicular speeds than one-way streets.

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The installation of protected bikeways and the two-way conversion will require some changes to parking. There are a few reasons that parking may be changed:

  • Parking-protected bikeways require parking restrictions near driveways and intersections to provide visibility to bicyclists who may be riding behind parked vehicles.
  • The project will restrict parking adjacent to crosswalks to provide improved visibility to crossing pedestrians.
  • Parking restrictions will also be enforced near fire hydrants.
  • At isolated locations, parking may be eliminated to provide space for a bike lane.

For residents with city services (including trash and leaf pile collection), bins and leaf piles should be placed within the buffer space between the parking stall and bikeway, or the buffer space at the ends of the parking aisles. At these locations, the buffer space will be wider than typical, to provide more space for the bins and piles. Trash bins and leaf piles should not be placed against the curb or in the bikeway.

Bins and leaf pile placements for garbage truck access.

Most of the streets within the project limits already have parking restrictions on City services days, which will allow the collection vehicles to access the bins and piles in the buffer space. On 10th Street, between V and Q Street, new parking restrictions on City services days will be implemented, to allow for that access.

The Division of Recycling and Solid Waste is incorporating the bikeway locations into the route of our bikeway sweepers.

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The project will advertise for construction in November 2022, and the contract is anticipated to be awarded by Council in February 2023. Construction will begin in Spring 2023 and is anticipated to last for approximately 12 months. This webpage will be updated with more information when the construction contract is awarded and contractor scheduling is available.


The City received a $5 million grant through the competitive Local Partnership Program (SB1) for construction of the improvements on 9th Street, 10th Street, P Street, Q Street, 5th Street and I Street. The City also entered into an agreement for $3 million in TIRCP (Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program) funds with the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission and San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJRRC) as part of their Valley Rail project, to design and construct the protected bikeways on 19th Street and 21st Street to serve their proposed Midtown station. Additional funding for the construction of bikeways on 19th Street, 21st Street, P Street and Q Street was awarded through a $2.5 million grant through the Affordable Housing & Sustainable Community Program. Project design and grant match are funded through the Downtown Impact Fees and Transportation Development Impact Fees, and pavement rehabilitation will be supplemented with RMRA (Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account)(SB1) funding.

The anticipated construction cost for the project will be approximately $12.6M.

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The construction for this project will affect several streets. Other projects, including the Broadway Complete Street project and other private development projects, will also impact traffic operations. Information about timing for lane closures and other construction traffic control measures will be provided when construction starts , in early 2023.

Residents, motorists, and other users of the affected roadways can expect intermittent delays, sidewalk closures, and lane closures throughout the construction effort. This project affects multiple road corridors within the Central City area. The contractor is expected focus construction efforts and traffic control (lane closures) on 1-2 roadways concurrently so these impacts to the public will shift around to different locations throughout the construction phase.

Options for getting around:


Light rail service will be unaffected by construction activities. Regional Transit’s Trip Planner can help identify the best transit options:


Reference the Bike Map to plan out your trip (although make note of streets with construction).

Unsure where to lock your bike? Search for bike racks.