The American river Crossings Alternatives Study will analyze potential crossings of the American River as called for in the Sacramento 2030 General Plan, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Regional Blueprint and the adopted Metropolitan Transportation Plan. A crossing has the potential to relieve congestion on I-5 caused by limited options for local traffic to utilize local streets to connect employee-rich neighborhoods north of the river with the jobs-rich central core.
The Study area runs along the lower American River between I-5 and State Route 160. The Study area is bordered by Discovery Park in the South Natomas Community Plan to the north and The River District in the Central City Community Plan to the south.
Caltrans awarded (SACOG) a $270,000 federal Partnership Planning grant toward studying alternative American River crossings in an effort to identify the most feasible crossing locations. The City of Sacramento is the named subrecipient for this grant and will be conducting the study. Establishment of a CIP, execution of agreements, and appropriation of funds is necessary to begin work on the project.