As a major two-river city, Sacramento is woefully lacking in bridges, and while this editorial from the Sacramento Bee is focused on bridges over the Sacramento River—which are sorely needed—there is also a need for more bridges over the American.
“For more than a decade, there has been lots of talk, but precious little action, on another bridge across the Sacramento River.
“The time for dilly-dallying is over.
“The city councils in Sacramento (on Tuesday) and West Sacramento (on Wednesday) need to take the next step – and not just toward one new bridge, but two.
“The need for two additional spans – one north of the existing I Street, Tower and Pioneer bridges and one south of them – is the headline from both the most comprehensive study to date and a new regional transportation draft that the Sacramento Area Council of Governments board approved last month.
“The study, completed in February, identifies the most promising alternative in the north as a span from the Washington area in West Sacramento to the railyard in downtown Sacramento. Another possibility is upgrading or replacing the I Street Bridge with a wider span that includes bicycle and pedestrian lanes.
“City transportation officials also want to look further at a crossing from The Rivers in West Sacramento to the River District and Richards Boulevard area in Sacramento. There's already a pedestrian-bicycle bridge proposed at this site, near the planned California Indian Heritage Center.
“In the south, the study says two options are best. One is a bridge between Pioneer Bluff on the West Sacramento riverfront at 15th Street and the Broadway district in Sacramento at either Broadway or W and X streets. The second is a crossing linking Southport in West Sacramento at Linden Road and Land Park in Sacramento at Sutterville Road.”