SACRAMENTO – The U .S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has begun reinforcing and raising more than 4,000 feet of levee along the American River in Sacramento. The Howe Avenue Levee Raise project officially began July 25, and is now in full swing.
The levee, running east from Howe Avenue along the American River’s north bank, is being raised an average of 1 foot to safely pass more water coming from Folsom Dam and its auxiliary spillway that is currently under construction and slated for completion in October 2017. The Howe Avenue Levee Raise project is scheduled to be completed this October.
The American River Bike Trail will remain open during construction; however, the east side of Howe Avenue Bridge and Kadema Drive access points will be closed during construction for public safety. Access the trail using the west side of Howe Avenue Bridge or from Watt Avenue. Signs are posted at the closures and safety-fencing surrounds the project area. Construction hours are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
“We want to get this work done as soon and safely as possible,” said project manager John Hoge. “This levee raise is just a small part of the overall (flood risk reduction) picture, here. There is a lot more work to be done.”
The project is part of the American River Common Features project, a joint flood risk reduction effort between the Corps, the state’s Central Valley Flood Protection Board/Department of Water Resources and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency.
Project map and haul route: http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/Portals/12/documents/civil_works/CommonFeatures/Howe%20Ave%20levee%20raise_PAO%20MAP.jpg
Informational flier: http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/Portals/12/documents/civil_works/CommonFeatures/Howe%20Ave%20levee%20raise_flier_30MAY12.pdf
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District provides planning, engineering, project management, environmental restoration and construction services to military and civilian customers in parts of eight western states, including California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.