Sacramento District completes levee upgrades, reopens Guy West bridge
August 27, 2010
- Corps installed cutoff walls to upgrade levees along American River.
- Cutoff walls are designed to prevent seepage through or under the levee.
- Crews worked seven days a week to complete project in five weeks.
- Guy West Bridge at CSUS reopened to traffic Aug. 23.
<b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> - Following five weeks of continuous levee improvement construction, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District reopened the Guy West Bridge at California State University-Sacramento to pedestrian and bicycle traffic Aug. 23.
Construction crews worked seven days a week to meet the project schedule, which was planned to avoid disrupting the annual Eppie's Great Race triathlon and the start of CSUS's fall semester. Cutoff walls were installed more than 70 feet deep into two, 450-feet stretches of American River levees, reducing the risk of flood waters seeping through or under them.
"This was a complex job with a narrow construction window," Corps project manager John Hoge said. "The project delivery team did a great job coordinating with each other and university officials to provide a successful levee rehabilitation project for the city of Sacramento."
Authorized by the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1996, the levees at the Guy West Bridge were among the last remaining sites to be upgraded by the Corps, the state of California and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency under the American River Common Features project. Between 2000 and 2002, more than 20 miles of cutoff walls, designed to stop seepage, were built into American River levees. Areas where construction was complicated by utilities, bridges or power lines were set aside for later construction.