$20.46 million contract award set to kick off Natomas Basin levee improvements

Published Feb. 7, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District awarded a $20.46 million contract January 31 to Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. of Fairfield to construct levee improvements for the Natomas Basin.

Construction, which is set to begin in May and continue through the end of the year, would build a seepage cutoff wall along an 11,000-foot-long stretch of levee between Gateway Oaks Drive and Northgate Blvd.

"We’re excited to continue the task started by the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency and Central Valley Flood Protection Board which completed upgrades to 18 miles of levee along the Natomas Basin’s west side,” said Corps project manager John Hoge. 

The work is part of an effort to reduce flood risk in the Natomas Basin by improving approximately 42 miles of levee surrounding the Basin. SAFCA and the State of California have already completed 18 miles of improvements; the Corps is working to complete the remaining 24 miles. This particular project, which is located along the southern side of the Natomas Basin, will upgrade approximately 2.1 miles.

Before levee improvements can begin, crews will have to remove 43 trees within the project area. Tree removal is expected to begin as soon as the week of February 6, through the end of February. Temporary single-lane closures may cause slowed traffic on Garden Highway between Gateway Oaks Drive and Natomas Park Drive. Bike path access will remain open but flaggers will be present to hold bicycle and pedestrian traffic when it is unsafe to pass. Cones and signage will also be used on the bike trail to notify of construction ahead.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District provides planning, engineering, project management, environmental restoration and construction services to military and civilian customers in parts of eight western states, including California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming. 
Tyler Stalker

Release no. 17-002