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I Street Bridge (Sacramento & West Sacramento) closure/replacement

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Just saw this on the city of Sacramento's website:

IIRC before the Tower Bridge was built in the mid-1930s, this bridge actually also carried US 40 and US 99W between Sacramento and West Sacramento.  It will remain in use once the replacement road bridge is built a mile north, but for rail only.

As part of the project, historic Route 24 (and later Route 70/99) Jibboom Street would be removed from I Street north to Railyards Boulevard.

No timetable yet on when the new bridge would be built though

This is not SR 275.

Max Rockatansky:

--- Quote from: NE2 on September 25, 2017, 09:46:59 AM ---This is not SR 275.

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You're right, that was the Tower Bridge.  Earlier morning and I wasn't paying attention, deleted my previous comment.

Anyways, I actually had a picture of the I Street bridge in my photo log for old Sacramento.  Really it is surprising that the bridge has remained open to automobile traffic as long as it has.  With all the open land around the rail yards it makes more sense for a more modern structure to be built in its place. 

IMG_4592 by Max Rockatansky, on Flickr

Really that whole section of the Sacramento River north of Old Sac to I-5 could use some work.  There are some historic structures along the river front that could use some rehab, maybe a pedestrian path is what is needed to push for something like that? 

Yes, this project has been in the works for a long time.  The bridge is actually owned by the railroad, not the city.

The roadway on that bridge is very narrow.  I won’t miss it.

What was "fun" about that bridge was that, in pre I-5 days, the junction of CA 16 and CA 99 & 70 (the latter on Jibboom Street and formerly SSR 24) was right at the east end of the bridge; the traffic level using both the bridge and that intersection, at least in the mid-60's, was high enough that the eastbound backup went over the bridge and down the west approach into West Sacramento.  Since the bridge couldn't be opened if there were any vehicles on the swing span (automotive or rail [on the lower deck]), over-height vessels would simple have to wait until things cleared out -- effectively meaning that during commute times (this was the major route from Sacramento to Woodland and northerly points on old US 99W) the bridge just couldn't be opened.  I've been on that bridge when a train passed underneath; it always seemed like the old structure would just shake itself apart!  But it was built to handle the weight of SP's largest articulated steam locomotives (the 4-8-8-2 AC-class cab-forwards), so despite the vibrations to the contrary, the structure will likely continue to be used as a rail facility for some time to come.  But for cross-river car & truck traffic, it's the end of an era! 


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