SACRAMENTO -- After several years of construction, a new $13 million access ramp from Capitol Mall onto 2nd Street in Old Sacramento was opened on Thursday.
The entrances to one of Sacramento's signature tourist attractions has always been a puzzle for many visitors because it is walled off from the rest of downtown Sacramento by Interstate 5.
The two major entrances snake under a freeway structure and around a brick parking garage. The new entrance will allow motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to enter from Capitol Mall.
The construction schedule was moved up to open before the Golden 1 Center so Old Sacramento merchants can take advantage of more potential customers.
The ramp is part of a larger project that included widened sidewalks and more clearly defined bicycle lanes to make access to the riverfront area easier.
Because Old Sacramento streets will be closed for the Labor Day Gold Rush Days event, the access ramp will only be open to pedestrians. Bicycles and cars will be allowed access beginning the following weekend.