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Sacramento officials presenting arena impact study tonight at City Hall

Sacramento city officials will present their draft Environmental Impact Report on the proposed downtown arena to the public tonight. The forum will be held at 6 p.m. in the lobby of City Hall, 915 I St.

The report, released Monday, concluded that a new arena would not cause serious traffic impacts on downtown streets before and after events, partly due to the fact that 10 to 15 percent of fans are expected to travel to games and concerts by public transit and walking. The study examined 52 intersections and did show that the intersection of 3rd and J streets - near an Interstate 5 off-ramp - would experience heavy delays around events.

Traffic is also expected to be at its most severe in the hour between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., when arena attendees are arriving for events and the evening commute out of downtown is ending.

The EIR looked at many other details of the project, including its impact on air pollution, the local economy, underground utilities and nearby historical buildings.

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