Driving through South Natomas could get a bit trickier this winter as levee improvement projects get underway, causing intermittent temporary lane and road closures on Garden Highway from mid-December to late March, the city of Sacramento said.
“The project is a continuation of the Natomas Basin Levee Improvements project to reduce the risk of catastrophic flooding in the Natomas Basin,” according to the Sacramento City Express blog, adding that the project was authorized by Congress in 2014.
The Army Corps of Engineers – in partnership with the California Central Valley Flood Protection Board, and assisted by the California Department of Water Resources and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency – will begin work Monday for the first phase of the project, the city said.
A waterline within within the roadway from the intersection of the Interstate 5 southbound ramp to the intersection of Natomas Park Drive will be relocated, the city said.
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Until late February, the city said one lane in each direction of Garden Highway under I-5 will be temporarily shutdown, which will be followed by a period of up to three weeks where the roadway will see full closures of north and southbound lanes for a period of time each day.
“During this full closure, both I-5 ramps will remain open, but movements will be restricted away from the I-5 undercrossing. Gateway Oaks Drive, West El Camino Avenue, Natomas Park Drive, and Truxel Road will be the primary detour route,” the city said. “To accommodate the higher volume of traffic on these roads, some additional turn lane capacity and signal timing modifications will be implemented.”