On Thursday, the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento held a community meeting to update residents on the I Street Bridge Replacement Project.
In 2011, both cities finished a study which looked at the need for new bridge crossings across the Sacramento River, connecting the two. One of the conclusions was that the I Street Bridge needed to be replaced.
The current I Street Bridge is 100 years old. Many complain that they feel unsafe crossing it, whether in a car or on foot. The City of Sacramento agrees that the lanes are too narrow for buses, there are no bicycle lanes, and sidewalks are too narrow to meet accessibility standards.
The new bridge would cross the river between the Railyards and the planned developments in West Sacramento. It would be upstream of the current I Street Bridge, which would still be used by the railroad. The roadways to the existing bridge would be removed.
The meeting was to inform the communities that the draft environmental impact report was completed and ready for public viewing. Project managers and other officials were also there for people who had questions.
The next step would be the design of the new bridge and then the construction.
Angelica Tellechea was at the meeting and completely on board. She commutes back and forth on the bridge at least three times a week.
"It's so narrow and so dangerous, it doesn't matter day or night," said Tellechea. "Anything more than a mid-sized car, a sedan, cannot travel safely through the bridge."
Some like Susan Martimo have been waiting for projects like this to be completed. She has been at the community meetings since 2011, representing the Sacramento Walking Sticks, a walking club in the Sacramento region with about 400 members.
"It'll open up a whole number of places that we can go for walks and see different buildings and different museums and other community locations" said Martimo. "It's gonna be great."
You can learn more about the I Street Bridge Replacement project here.