in a community where connectivity has long been a focus.The $6.1 million project includes a nearly two-block-long bridgeover the freeway and a smaller bridge across the West DrainageCanal along with new connections to existing bike trails.
People are so excited about the bridge opening,” said BeckyHeieck, executive director of the North Natomas TransportationManagement Association. “There will be a lot of pedestrians andcyclists who will use it – they will just go out of their way to useit.”Over the years, between 1950 and 1980, south Natomas grewpredominately as residential subdivisions.The South Natomas Community Plan approved by city officials in1978 envisioned the area as a high-density, transit-oriented,residential community.But changes in the community and its expectations for the areapaved the way for a revised South Natomas Community Plan in1988 which included new parks, riverfront access, a proposedlight rail line and connections to new and existing parkwaysfrequented by cyclists.When work on the 1994 North Natomas Community Plan rolledforward, significant efforts were made to accommodate bikesand pedestrians, said city traffic engineer Hector Barron.
In north Natomas, there was an emphasis on walking,” Barronsaid. “For the first time the city of Sacramento introducedstandard, separated sidewalks where there is a planter area.”The community plan for north Natomas envisioned a mixture ofresidential, employment, commercial and civic uses in the new-growth area interdependent on transit service and a network of