SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The design of the new bridge across the Sacramento River was unveiled Friday amid a lot of fanfare from city officials.
The new $200 million bridge was described as a one of a kind in the world for a number of reasons, not the least of which was who had a say in the design.
“More than 3,800 people participated in the process. We had numerous public meetings,” said Sacramento City Councilman Jeff Harris.
The final design was reduced from 10 concepts.
T.Y. Lin International Group, the designers of the east span of the Bay Bridge, made numerous changes based on public input. The result is an airy archway with curving towers that will lift the roadway out of the way of river traffic.
No lifting archway has ever been built in the world.
Wide walkways for pedestrians and bike and scooter paths are included, as well as resting spots to view the river.
It will accommodate buses and possibly light rail in the future, making it environmentally friendly.
But the bridge goes beyond aesthetics.
It replaces the I Street Bridge, built in 1911 for Ford Model T traffic. Pedestrians and bicyclists take their lives in their hands when using it.
“It connects us to places, it connects us to all places we’re trying to get to,” said West Sacramento City Councilman Chris Ledesma. “So from our resident’s perspective, that means we can cross the river with ease.”
The new bridge will connect West Sacramento with the new Kaiser Permanente hospital and soccer field in the Rail Yards, as well as the Powerhouse Science Center and the renovation of Old Sacramento.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui helped secure $88 million for the new bridge.
“It will stand out on its own as the Tower Bridge has stood out on its own,” she explained. “It doesn’t compete. It only shows that we are looking out for the future.”
Now that the design is settled on, residents should expect construction to begin in the next year or two.