Levee Improvement Work Begins in Lower Natomas Basin 

Sections of Garden Highway will be closed to all traffic beginning July 8 

  • There will be a 24-hour full closure of Garden Highway between Truxel Rd and Northgate Blvd beginning July 8th through October 31st. The bike paths will remain accessible along Garden Highway throughout the construction periods. Please expect heavy traffic and delays on surrounding roadways throughout the area for the next several weeks. Due to the I-5 road closures, drivers are encouraged to use W. El Camino Ave or alternative routes. For more information about detours and alternative routes, please visit NatomasLevees.com.
  • Garden Highway will be completely closed to all traffic in both directions during the night hours of 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. underneath the Interstate 5 overpass until the middle of August. Interstate 5 on-ramps and off-ramps at Garden Highway will remain open, but drivers will not be able to cross under I-5. 

Levee Improvement Work Continues in the Lower Natomas Basin  – July 23, 2019 Project Update

Sections of Garden Highway will be closed to all traffic 

SACRAMENTO – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced updated timing for the levee improvement construction in the Lower Natomas Basin which has resulted in extended road closures on Garden Highway. 

Construction crews are improving the levees surrounding the Natomas Basin, which in some locations includes installation of a seepage cutoff wall approximately 50 feet deep into the center of the levee. In parts of the lower basin, Garden Highway sits atop the levee. In order to construct levee improvements on those parts, the roadway needs to be shut down. 

This work will significantly disrupt traffic in the area. Sections of Garden Highway will be closed now through this summer and fall, and additional shorter closures will be required in 2020. 

Garden Highway will be completely closed to all traffic in both directions at the following project areas: 

  • During the night hours of 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. underneath the Interstate 5 overpass until the middle of August. Interstate 5 on-ramps and off-ramps at Garden Highway will remain open, but drivers will not be able to cross under I-5. 
  • Between Northgate Blvd and Truxel Rd until October 31.

As a result of the road closures, drivers will be required to take alternate routes. Staging areas located along Azusa Street will result in additional truck traffic in the area. 

This work is part of the “American River Common Features – Natomas Basin” project authorized by Congress in 2014. It will reinforce 42 miles of levee surrounding the Natomas Basin. USACE has partnered with the State of California and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency to complete the project. Levee improvements will continue for the next several years and may require additional road closures. The project is scheduled for completion in 2024.    

For regular project updates, including timing and detours, go to www.NatomasLevees.com, and follow us on www.facebook.com/sacramentodistrict and www.twitter.com/usacesacramento.