Lane closures ahead for Sacramento’s H Street Bridge

Drivers can expect overnight lane closures on Sacramento’s H Street Bridge over the American River starting Friday at 8 p.m. as the U.S. Army Corps works to beef up the levee underneath.

The partial lane closures are expected to occur from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly throughout January. The bridge will remain open to traffic in both directions at all times, but traffic delays are likely. Access to the bike trail along the levee also will continue, but with detours already in place.

The levee work at the bridge is necessary to close a gap in the existing seepage cutoff wall inside the levee. Connecting the cutoff wall will help prevent seepage through and underneath the levee as water flows from Folsom Dam to the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers.

The Army Corps built more than 20 miles of seepage cutoff walls into American River levees between 2000 and 2002. But work at about 30 sites was delayed where complicated encroachments existed, such as utilities, power lines or bridges.

The project at the H Street Bridge, and six other locations along the lower American River, represents the last of the levee-gap fixes. All the work is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

For more information, contact the Sacramento District of the Army Corps at (916) 557-5100.

Call The Bee’s Matt Weiser at (916) 321-1264. Follow him on Twitter @matt_weiser.