SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will be constructing levee walls across the H Street Bridge, requiring nighttime partial lane closures throughout January, beginning Friday Jan. 2, from around 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.
Vehicle traffic on H Street will be allowed to travel in both directions at all times but expect nighttime traffic delays in both directions throughout January.
H Street, major thoroughfares and the American River recreational trail will remain open for the duration of the flood risk reduction project, expected to last into April; however, levee trail-access detours and closures underneath both ends of the H Street Bridge are already in place and expected to last until project completion.
The levee work at the bridge is necessary to close a gap in the existing seepage cutoff wall inside the levee. Connecting the cutoff wall will help prevent water from seeping through and underneath the levee as it flows from Folsom Dam to the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers. The Corps built more than 20 miles of seepage cutoff walls into American River levees between 2000 and 2002, but work at around 30 sites was set aside for later where complicated encroachments existed such as utilities, power lines or bridges.
Work at the H Street Bridge and six other locations along the lower American River represent the last of this river's levee-gap fixes scheduled to be completed in 2015.
Here are 2013 photos of similar work across Sacramento's Watt Avenue bridge:
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.
** UPDATE **
Resulting media coverage published Jan 2, 2015:
- Capitol Public Radio
- Sacramento Bee
- CBS 13 Sacramento