Rolling on the River

What’s up with West Sac

Back Article Oct 28, 2014 By Kevin McKenna

West Sacramento’s transportation infrastructure will be a key part of the rapidly growing city. Here’s a look at what’s happening, with a few projects already underway or recently announced.

The Bridge District

What: At buildout, the collection of projects has the potential to host up to 4,000 residential units, 5 million square feet of commercial space, 500,000 square feet of retail, more than 9,000 residents and 16,000 jobs.

Where: On 188 acres bounded by the Sacramento River, Tower Bridge, Cap City Freeway and Interstate 80.

Noteworthy: One of the early phases of the larger development area, The Park Moderns, which consists of 32 park-side residences, opened its model unit last month.

Delta Lane affordable housing

What: Up to 177 units of affordable and market-rate residential units with street-level retail, developed by Jamboree Housing Corp.  

Where: Three acres on Tower Bridge Gateway, just west of Raley Field.

Noteworthy: The project, adjacent to the proposed streetcar route, will help the city meet affordable-housing requirements, allowing other projects to move forward.

The Barn

What: West Sacramento, in conjunction with developer Mark Friedman, is creating this $5.6 million concert venue, beer hall, farmers market site and meeting space.  

Where: Next to the Riverwalk near Raley Field.

Noteworthy: In October, the site hosted TBD Fest, a renamed version of  the 3-day Launch music festival.

New I Street Bridge

What: A new crossing, upstream of the 100-year-old existing bridge, for vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians and the potential future streetcar. (The current I Street Bridge, owned by Union Pacific Railroad, will remain for commuter and freight trains.)

Where: Connecting the Sacramento railyards project to downtown Sacramento and the planned Washington developments in West Sacramento.

Timeline: Environmental documentation and preliminary engineering to be completed by mid-2016; completion of construction expected by 2020.

Cost: Currently estimated by the city of Sacramento at $90 million, which would be funded by the federal government, Caltrans and the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento.

Broadway Bridge

What: A new 4-lane crossing south of the existing Pioneer Bridge (Hwy. 50/Bus. 80) connecting Broadway in Sacramento with Pioneer Bluff (south of the Bridge District) in West Sacramento.

Where: Broadway in Sacramento to 15th Street in West Sacramento.

Timeline: Still in preliminary development phase.

Cost: Unknown. On Sept. 10, West Sacramento received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to complete the environmental documentation phase.

McGowan Bridge

What: This 615-foot-long, 80-foot-wide crossing for vehicles, pedestrians and bikes provides an additional north/south route in West Sacramento to relieve congestion on Jefferson Boulevard.

Where: Connecting South River Road across the barge canal in Pioneer Bluff, just south of the Bridge District.

Timeline: Construction is under way and completion is scheduled for late 2014.

Cost: Estimated at $10 million.

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