A five-mile section of South River Road in West Sacramento is shut down to thru traffic until further notice as a safety precaution. The roadway sits atop the City’s protective levee next to the Sacramento River.
West Sacramento Police and Public Works crews have set up “no thru traffic” signs on South River Road from the McGowan Bridge south to Gregory Avenue. Signs are also posted at Linden Road and Davis Road access points.
Due to heightened river levels from the recent storms, Reclamation District 900 personnel have increased levee patrols 24/7 and need the roadway free of traffic to access and maintain the levee.
The South River road closure also restricts access to fishermen who park along the side of the levee, and off road vehicle activity, which has the potential to cause levee erosion.
YOLO COUNTY RESTRICTIONS
South River Road to Close Saturday, Feb. 18 at 5:00 p.m.
As a result of water-saturated ground conditions, Yolo County is closing South River Road from the West Sacramento city limits to the Freeport Bridge.
Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes. Local residents will be able to utilize South River Road to travel to and from their homes.
Also, a temporary vehicle weight limit of 5 tons maximum has been imposed on Old River Road between the Sacramento Weir and Interstate 5 (between County Roads 126 and 22). This measure is being taken to protect public safety and prevent damage to the road levee.
Additionally, all travelers are encouraged to choose alternative routes and avoid entry onto the shoulders on this portion of Old River Road.
“The water-saturated ground conditions in these areas make the road shoulders extremely soft,” said Yolo County Community Services Director Taro Echiburu. “In addition to being a hazardous situation, any vehicle, but especially heavy trucks, veering into the shoulders could result in levee erosion and road damage.”