Conversion of Tower Bridge Gateway Completed

Completion of the Tower Bridge Gateway

Mayor Welcomes New City Street -- Mayor Christopher Cabaldon announces the completion of the east phase of the Tower Bridge Gateway during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "The project visibly opens up the entrance to the city and creates new pedestrian-friendly connections between destinations in the Washington and Bridge Districts and Wesst Sacramento's Civic Center and downtown, as well as downtown Sacramento," said Mayor Cabaldon.

During a morning ribbon-cutting Nov. 30, 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 of West Sacramento and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), to make possible the development potential of the infill areas bordering the roadway.

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 blocked the City’s ability to attract 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.

Tower Bridge Gateway Completion

Ribbon-Cutting Opens Tower Bridge Gateway -- The official opening of the Tower Bridge Gateway East Phase was celebrated with a ribbon cutting at the corner of Tower Bridge Gateway and 3rd Street in West Sacramento. Pictured, left to right, Councilmember Mark Johannessen, Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Executive Director Mike McKeever, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (holding scissors), Councilmember Oscar Villegas, and Councilmember Chris Ledesma. Project goals to remove the old freeway-like section of State Route 275 were identified by the City and SACOG dating back a decade. Tower Bridge Gateway now carries a 35 MPH speed limit from Jefferson Boulevard east to the Tower Bridge.

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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