City of Sacramento Replaces 80-Year-Old Bridge in Rio Linda

As part of the Mark Thomas-led design team, Drake Haglan & Associates, Inc. (DHA) prepared the type selection and design of the new single-span bridge over the realigned portion of Magpie Creek. DHA also prepared the technical specifications, estimate of probable construction cost, and provided funding assistance and oversight to confirm that the project was developed in accordance with Caltrans’ Local Assistance Procedures.

Tuesday, June 25th was the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Rio Linda Bridge which was originally constructed in 1937. The new bridge will improve traffic operations, enhance safety, and provide better access to the Sacramento Northern Bike Trail. “We are building a safer place for residents to drive, ride their bikes and walk,” said Council member Allen Warren at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Estimated completion of the project is anticipated for late 2020.

Benefits and Improvements of the New Structure:

  • New bridge over Magpie Creek with standard bike lanes and sidewalk
  • New signalized intersection of Main Avenue and Rio Linda Boulevard with crosswalks, dedicated bike lanes, and right/left turn lanes will provide improved safety and traffic operations
  • New curb, gutter, and sidewalk will create safer pedestrian spaces and waiting areas for transit
  • New bus stops for better access to public transportation
  • Additional turn lanes to improve intersection operations
  • Existing Northern Sacramento Bike Trail will be realigned to utilize the new bridge.


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