Design Chosen for New Bridge on Sacramento River
The final design, called "Spring," for a new bridge crossing the Sacramento River was announced Friday, February 21st at a morning news conference. City officials from West Sacramento and Sacramento, Congresswoman Doris Matsui, and the architectural firm T.Y. Lin International made the announcement.
The I Street Bridge Replacement Project will construct a new lift bridge upriver that will connect C Street in West Sacramento to Railyards Boulevard in Sacramento. The existing I Street Bridge will remain in-place, but since the lanes are too narrow to serve modern transportation needs, current proposals aim to convert that portion of the bridge for bicycle and pedestrian use only.
What benefits will the new bridge bring?
- The new bridge will connect the developing Railyards site in Sacramento and the historic Washington District and future California Indian Heritage Center in West Sacramento.
- Narrow walkways and lack of bicycle lanes have made crossing the historic I Street Bridge challenging and unsafe. The new bridge prioritizes bicycle and pedestrian movement by including 12-foot multi-use paths on both sides of the bridge, along with 8-foot buffered bicycle lanes to facilitate active transportation. In addition, transit options that cannot be accommodated across the historic bridge can now be realized, including light rail and bus transit.
- The new bridge design will make it easier for all modes to cross the Sacramento River. More direct and convenient access to I-5, convenient routes into Downtown Sacramento, wider travel lanes, signal timing improvements, wide walkways, and buffered bicycle lanes will alleviate the congestion currently experienced during peak travel times.
- This new bridge brings low-stress biking and walking paths, enhanced ability to use shared bikes and scooters between cities, access to a looped trail system, and a unique architectural design that will serve as a great meeting place and a new way to explore the Sacramento Riverfront.
Construction is set to begin in 2022, and is expected to be completed in 2025.