Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hazel Avenue Improvement Project Phase 1 Construction Startup

The Sacramento County Department of Transportation (SACDOT) has initiated construction startup for Phase 1 of the Hazel Avenue Improvement Project. This project will reduce congestion and improve safety and mobility for all modes of transportation in this corridor. As part of construction related activities, there will be impacts to the public which are summarized below:

Road & Lane Closures: Construction work will require some road and lane closures on Hazel Avenue. These closures will vary from week to week. Residents can check www.hazelavenue.org for a current listing of road and lane closures.

Parking Lot Changes: The Nimbus Fish Hatchery is adjacent to the project construction site. A portion of the parking lot is being used as a staging area for construction activities and equipment. As a result, the size of the hatchery parking lot has been temporarily reduced. To accommodate the large number of visitors that use the parking lot, the California Department of Fish & Game has opened up an auxiliary lot that is located just west of the existing parking lot. Hatchery visitors should follow posted signs for auxiliary parking lot information. Parking lot users are urged to carpool to reduce the need for parking spaces.

Bike Trail Detours: Construction activities related to expansion of the Hazel Avenue bridge from four to six lanes will have impacts to the bike trail on the American River Parkway and connecting bikeways. Bicyclists are urged to follow detour instructions on signs posted on bikeways and approaches and to check www.havelavenue.org for additional detour information.

Safety: Hazel Avenue motorists are being asked to use caution throughout the construction area and observe posted speed limits and signs. Motorists can be cited for exceeding the speed limit and fines are double in construction zones.

This Phase 1 project will have impacts on users of Hazel Avenue, the Nimbus Fish Hatchery and the American River Parkway. Motorists and hatchery and parkway users will be informed about construction related road and lane closures, bikeway detours and other impacts through press releases, newsletters and webpage updates. We ask for their patience during construction and to follow posted signage. Residents can check www.hazelavenue.org for current project information.

Phase 1 project construction costs are $20 million and will be covered with a combination of: Developer Fees, Measure A Sales Tax funds and State and Federal funding sources. It is anticipated that the Phase 1 project will be completed by December 2010. Roadway improvements included in Phase 1 project work include:

Widening Hazel Avenue from four to six lanes over the American River Bridge from U.S. 50 to Curragh Downs Drive.

Construction of new bicycle and pedestrian facilities including improved connections to the American River Parkway.

This includes bike lanes and a barrier separating bicycle/pedestrian/equestrian modes from vehicle traffic on the bridge over the American River.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) enforcement area.

Architectural treatments on the bridge structure and decorative street lighting.

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