SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Garden Highway will be closed to traffic in both directions for extensive levee improvement construction beginning July 8.

The road will be closed completely to traffic in both directions, forcing drivers who use Garden Highway traveling under the Interstate 5 overpass to take alternate routes for at least three weeks, through July 29. Officials tell ABC10 the I-5 exits will remain open, but drivers will not be able to travel under the interstate.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is improving the levees surrounding the Natomas Basin, which in some locations includes installation of a seepage cutoff wall approximately 50 feet deep into the center of the levee.

In the lower basin, Garden Highway sits atop the levee in some areas, which means the only way to construct levee improvements is to shut down the roadway. 

“This construction project will deliver a 21st-century flood reduction system for the Natomas Basin,” said John Hoge, senior project manager for the Corps’ Sacramento District.

Construction work will take place in the following locations:

  • Between Northgate Blvd and Truxel Rd, starting July 8 until October 31.
  • Beginning this Thursday, June 27, Garden Highway will be closed underneath I-5 between the highway ramps during the overnight hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. This will be a full closure in both directions but will reopen during the day before major morning commute hours. Overnight closures will continue until the full closure begins on July 8.

Learn more about this project from the Sacramento City Express.

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