USACE awards $40.9 million construction contract for Pocket-area levee improvements

Public Affairs Office
Published Jan. 18, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District awarded a $40.9 million construction contract on December 22, 2021, to Maloney Odin Joint Venture of Novato, for 2 miles of levee improvements along the Sacramento River East Levee in Sacramento’s Pocket neighborhood. Construction in 2022 will entail installation of a seepage cutoff wall from Surfside Way at the northern end of down to Sump 132 at the Pocket Canal on the southern end.

Work is scheduled to begin this spring and is expected to be complete in December 2022. USACE is planning to host an informational meeting in March to discuss what this construction work will look like, including trail access, haul routes, and staging areas. Details for this meeting are still being finalized and will be posted to prior to the meeting.

This is the third major construction contract to address seepage and stability concerns with the levee between Old Sacramento and the Freeport Regional Water Intake Facility near Sacramento’s Pocket neighborhood. In 2020, construction crews completed nearly three miles of seepage cutoff wall along the Sacramento River East Levee. In 2021, 1.8 miles of levee improvements were completed in the Pocket and Little Pocket neighborhoods, as well as near Miller Park.

This work is part of the American River Common Features 2016 project, which is a $1.5 billion collaborative effort between USACE, California’s Central Valley Flood Protection Board, California Department of Water Resources, and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) to modernize Sacramento’s aging flood infrastructure for more than 500,000 people in the greater Sacramento region.

Overall, the project authorizes construction of up to 13 miles of cutoff walls, 21 miles of bank protection, five miles of levee stabilization, five miles of levee raises, and approximately double the width of the Sacramento Weir and Bypass by 2024.

Tyler Stalker

Release no. 22-001