Monday, August 20, 2012

American River levee construction causes bike trail detour - Sacramento Bee

For the second year in a row, cyclists will have to take a detour route along the American River that runs from the Campus Commons Golf Course to the Northrop Avenue trail entrance because of scheduled construction of a seepage wall.

The construction begins today and could continue until Nov. 30 or later, said Todd Plain, spokesman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District.

Plain said bikers will "not be inconvenienced" because of the detour, but implored bikers to be extra cautious because of the narrower width of the trail.

"The regular trail is 12 feet paved with granite shoulders on both sides of about three feet," Plain said. He said the alternate path varies between eight and 10 feet, with a mowed dirt shoulder of two feet on each side.

The construction is part of the American River Common Features Program - an effort to improve flood prevention in the Sacramento region on part of the Army Corps of Engineers, the California Central Valley Flood Protection Board and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency.

Plain said the installation of seepage cutoff walls helps prevent water leakage underground. "While nothing can completely eliminate the risk, we're doing the best we can to limit it," he said.

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