Corps will discuss plan to fix levee, with possible closures on Watt Avenue
05/08/2013 12:00 AM
05/08/2013 8:15 AM
Plans to repair the American River levee under Watt Avenue in Sacramento could result in lane closures, and the public is invited to a meeting on the project May 23.
The work by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the north end of the Watt Avenue bridge is necessary to close a gap in the existing seepage cutoff wall inside the levee, on either side of the bridge.
The Army Corps built more than 20 miles of seepage walls in American River levees between 2000 and 2002. But work was set aside for later where complicated encroachments existed, such as utilities, power lines or bridges.
Construction is expected to begin later this month and continue through November. Nighttime partial lane closures of Watt Avenue are expected in late July.
The American River bike trail and major thoroughfares will remain open during construction. But some trail access points near the bridge may be intermittently closed.
The May 23 meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at Arden-Dimick Public Library, 891 Watt Ave. For more information, call (916) 557-5100.
Contact The Bee's Matt Weiser at (916) 321-1264. Follow him on Twitter @matt_weiser.
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