Friday, August 24, 2012

Sacramento Looks At Closing Downtown On Ramps To I-5 - KTXL


City traffic engineers and Councilman Steve Cohn are looking at closing one the main access ramps to Interstate 5.

The downtown rail yard development took a big step forward when the tracks to the train depot were moved to accommodate development.

But the ramps to north and south bound I-5 cut off the rail yard site from I Street. The traffic makes it tough on pedestrians as well.  Cohn wants to change the street to a two lane street making it easier to get into Old Sacramento and the rail yard site by foot and on bicycles.

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Cohn said there are other on-ramps on L and P Streets and there is now access to the rail yard site from the Richards Boulevard off ramp.

Vehicles and pedestrian traffic would also be cut off from the aging I Street bridge, allowing the long and aging Jiboom Street on-ramp structure to be torn down allowing access to the Sacramento River.

However, much depends on the construction of a new bridge across the river near Richards Boulevard. That might be five years away.

But Cohn told FOX40 News that now is the time to consider such proposals and that engineering and funding should take place in the next few years.

CalTrans says that closing the ramps could affect surface traffic throughout the downtown area and the plan has to be examined carefully.

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