New bridge for cyclists, walkers to debut today

Published: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 - 12:43 pm

The city of Sacramento will open a new bike and pedestrian bridge today over Interstate 80 in Natomas that officials say will make it easier for cyclists in North Natomas to get to and from downtown. The grand opening ceremony will be held at Peregrine Park in Natomas at 9:30 a.m.

The League of American Bicyclists last month gave Sacramento "silver" status as a bicycle-friendly city, an upgrade from a previous "bronze" designation. Nearby Davis is one of only three cities in the country with "platinum" status, the league's highest designation.

Sacramento's new project includes a vaulted, two-block-long bridge over the freeway as well as a second bridge, at ground level, over the nearby West Drainage Canal. The bridges add to the area's existing bike trail system.

The $6 million project was largely funded from federal grants, supplemented by state and local gas and sales tax funds.

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