Public meeting set for levee work at Watt Avenue bridge

Published May 13, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District is inviting the public to an outreach meeting to discuss upcoming American River levee work on top of the Watt Avenue bridge in Sacramento.

The meeting will be held:

Thursday, May 23

Arden-Dimick Public Library

891 Watt Avenue

6-8 p.m.

Representatives from federal, state and local agencies will be available to answer questions about the construction method and associated construction activities scheduled to begin in May and continue through November.  Nighttime partial lane-closures on Watt Avenue's bridge over the American River are expected in late July, as well as additional public outreach as construction nears.

The levee work on top of Watt Avenue bridge’s north side is necessary to close a gap in the existing seepage-cutoff wall inside the levee, on either side of the bridge. Connecting the wall will help prevent water from seeping through and underneath the levee as it flows from Folsom Dam to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The Corps built more than 20 miles of seepage cutoff walls into American River levees between 2000 and 2002. Areas where construction was complicated by encroachments such as utilities, power lines or bridges, were set aside for later construction.

The American River Bike Trail and major thoroughfares will remain open during construction, but some trail access-points near the bridge may be intermittently restricted for public safety.

Specific construction times will depend on a number of factors including weather and wildlife nesting.

The public is encouraged to contact the district's public affairs office with any questions: 916-557-5100 or email questions to:

Todd Plain

Release no. 13-026