Access points along the American River Bike Trail are closed during a project to reinforce and raise more than 4,000 feet of levee along the American River in Sacramento.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that work on the Howe Avenue Levee Raise project that officially began July 25 is in full swing.
The levee, running east from Howe Avenue along the American River's north bank, is being raised an average of 1 foot to allow for more water coming from Folsom Dam and its auxiliary spillway, which is under construction and scheduled for completion in 2017, an Army Corps of Engineers news release states. The levee project is to be completed this October.
Officials said the American River Bike Trail will remain open during levee construction, but access points on the east side of Howe Avenue Bridge and at Kadema Drive will be closed for public safety. Trail users are advised to access the trail on the west side of Howe Avenue Bridge or from Watt Avenue. Signs are posted at the closure sites, and safety fencing surrounds the project area.
Construction work is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The levee work is part of the American River Common Features project, a joint flood risk reduction effort by the Corps, the state's Central Valley Flood Protection Board/Department of Water Resources and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency.
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