Local levee improvements set to begin Nov. 1

Published Oct. 28, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District, in cooperation with the California Central Valley Flood Protection Board, will be repairing two levee erosion sites along the south bank of the American River between Watt Ave. and the Mayhew Drain, weather permitting, between November 2011 and July 2012.

Be on the lookout for approximately 25 trucks making up to 150 trips per day, entering, exiting and operating on top of the levee during construction periods. Flag-personnel will guide equipment along the narrow levee road during construction. Detour signs, maps, temporary fencing and points of contact for more information will also be posted along levee access points and detour routes, redirecting pedestrian and recreational traffic safely around closed levee portions and occasionally onto adjacent streets.

“We are communicating directly with local residents, neighborhood and school leaders,” said Corps project manager Dave Cook. “Construction will be intermittent but ongoing for quite a while, so we want to make sure they are aware of what’s going on and provide communication avenues for updates during the project.”

As part of the Sacramento River Bank Protection project, the Corps began annual erosion surveys of the Sacramento River System in 1997. The surveys identify and inventory dozens of erosion sites along the Sacramento River and its tributaries. More than 100 sites have been repaired and repairs on the highest ranking sites continue each year. This year, the Corps will also begin repairs on sites along the Feather and Sacramento rivers.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District provides flood risk management, navigation, watershed planning and ecosystem services in parts of eight western states, including California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.

Tyler Stalker

Release no. 11-031