Council Approves Study for Enterprise Bridge Project

Post Date:03/21/2024 5:21 PM

The West Sacramento City Council on Wednesday March, 20, 2024 approved a contract to conduct a comprehensive study for the Enterprise Bridge project.

The Enterprise Bridge crossing would provide a direct route from the Southport Industrial Park over the Deep-Water Shipping Channel (DWSC) to Interstate 80, easing traffic from trucks and autos that now use Southport Parkway and Industrial Blvd to get to US 50 and I-80. And as reported by KCRA, It would also serve as a convenient connection between the north and south parts of town providing a critical route during emergencies. 

Since its inclusion in the City’s General Plan in 1990, the Enterprise Bridge has been identified as a vital link to support economic expansion and mobility for the Southport development area.

The Enterprise Bridge study will consider multiple options to address environmental impacts and optimize the bridge's design, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act. These options will be thoroughly evaluated through the public hearing process to ensure alignment with community priorities and long-term objectives.

The Enterprise Bridge would reduce traffic congestion by creating more direct access to I-80, rerouting approximately 10,000 vehicles daily away from Southport and the Port entrance at the intersection of Industrial and Harbor Boulevards. This will also improve safety for all road users and enhance accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists. The project aligns with the City’s commitment to sustainability, with anticipated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and advancements in environmental equity.

The Enterprise Bridge project marks a transformative collaboration between the Port and the City, as well as several local agencies including the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and the California Department of Transportation.

“West Sacramento is committed to modernizing our transportation infrastructure to meet the evolving needs of residents and businesses,” said West Sacramento City Manager and Port CEO Aaron Laurel. “The Enterprise Bridge is a forward-thinking project that will relieve traffic, foster sustainable economic growth, and enhance goods movement and mobility throughout the city.”

The proposed bridge will span from Southport Parkway across the DWSC to Enterprise Boulevard, offering an additional route for trucks and autos between Southport and major transportation corridors along I-80 and US-50. By alleviating traffic congestion and enhancing safety at the Port’s entrance, the Enterprise Bridge is poised to serve as a cornerstone of regional mobility and economic vitality.

 Design option examples (not final renderings) under consideration include:

 -High Fixed Bridge

 Enterprise Bridge-high raised option

 -Low Moveable Bridge

Enterprise Bridge-draw bridge option

 -Low Fixed Bridge

Enterprise Bridge-low bridge option