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200 concrete trucks headed to downtown Sacramento arena project

The demolition of the Downtown Plaza shown nearly complete on Oct. 22, 2014. Hundreds of concrete trucks will descend on downtown streets over the next month as the next phase of the downtown arena construction project gets underway.
The demolition of the Downtown Plaza shown nearly complete on Oct. 22, 2014. Hundreds of concrete trucks will descend on downtown streets over the next month as the next phase of the downtown arena construction project gets underway. rbenton@sacbee.com

Last year, the city gave the Sacramento Kings the OK to do some downtown arena construction work 24-7, sort of like a full-court press. Starting Friday night, the Kings will take advantage of that privilege.

An estimated 220 concrete trucks will descend on downtown streets over the next month – day and night – for a major new construction phase. Contractors will be pouring the massive foundation for the $477 million sports and entertainment facility between L and K, and Fifth and Sixth streets.

The concrete pour will last until March 4 and needs to be continuous during that period for strength. The trucks will be driving on I and J streets around Fifth, Sixth and Seventh.

Bait bike, or not?

Some time ago, the Sacramento Police Department started making more bike theft arrests in midtown by using bait bikes with hidden electronic tracking devices on them. The program has worked well.

Now, the police have a fun idea. They are giving local bike shops stickers that riders can put on their bikes reading: IS THIS A BAIT BIKE? The stickers also note that the bike is registered with the Police Department.

The idea is to make potential thieves think twice before deciding to saw the lock. But the police also hope the stickers encourage owners to register their bikes online with the Police Department’s bike registry. It’s at rideon.sacpd.org.

Police spokesman Doug Morse says bicyclists should be able to pick up a sticker at city bike shops. The bait program is working, or as Morse puts it, it “seems to have put the brakes on bike thefts.”

Major I-80 closure

An early warning from Caltrans: Crews will close Interstate 80 in both directions in Loomis two nights next week to allow work crews to raise the Brace Road overcrossing so taller trucks can get through on the freeway.

The closures will occur between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Caltrans will set up a detour for through-traffic along Taylor Road. Brace Road itself will be closed even longer, starting this Sunday through Feb. 9.

The closures are part of a Caltrans effort to increase the vertical clearance for trucks at nine overcrossings in south Placer County.

Walking the Heights

Citrus Heights is a classic suburban community, built with cars in mind. City officials are trying to change that up a bit. The city will hold a public forum next Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Community Center on Fountain Square Drive to solicit opinions on making the community more walkable.

“We want to make it so people can walk from their homes to perhaps a market or a restaurant,” planner Casey Kempenaar said. “This will prioritize where we should focus first.”

Residents also can fill out a survey about walking habits and needs at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/CitrusHeightsPMP.

Call The Bee’s Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059.

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