Tower Gateway ‘reborn’ as surface street
NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 7, 2011 –
Information & photo courtesy of Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento
During a morning ribbon-cutting last Wednesday, the City of West Sacramento marked the completion of the east phase construction of the Tower Bridge Gateway, converting the former State Route 275 into a city arterial. Located west of the Tower Bridge, the new street opens up the city’s entrance and creates new pedestrian-friendly connections in West Sacramento, as well as downtown Sacramento.
As a city street, Tower Bridge Gateway now limits traffic speed to 35 MPH. The street features wider sidewalks and narrower intersections and more defined bicycle and street car routes to reinforce the urban scale, mixed use character of the adjacent Washington and Bridge neighborhoods.
Reconstruction of Tower Bridge Gateway has long been a priority of the City and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), to make possible the development potential of the infill areas bordering the roadway and near Raley Field.
Tower Bridge Gateway was completed in two phases. The West Phase, including the Garden Street intersection, was completed in 2008, providing enhanced access to the City’s new Civic Center on West Capitol Avenue. The previous configuration of the old State Route 275 hampered investment in urban scale development, which is less dependent on automobiles.
Providing two lanes of through-traffic in each direction, Tower Bridge Gateway has added two at-grade signalized intersections at 3rd Street and 5th Street along Tower Bridge Gateway. Six-foot wide bike lanes were also added to each side of Tower Bridge Gateway.
The project also accommodates conceptual plans for future streetcar movement between 3rd Street and 5th Street.
The funding sources for the Tower Bridge Gateway East Phase included a SACOG Community Design Grant, the state’s Proposition 1C Infill Infrastructure Grant, the Proposition 1B State-Local Partnership Program, the Community Facilities District 27-Bridge District Property Owners, and the West Sacramento Redevelopment Agency.
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