U.S. Army Corps of Engineers preparing to begin levee improvement work at Watt Avenue Bridge

The Corps will begin levee improvement construction along the American River at Watt Avenue in May. Construction will last through November 2013. The levee work at this location is necessary to close a gap in the existing seepage-cutoff wall inside the levee. The Corps built more than 20 miles of seepage cutoff walls into American River levees between 2000-2002. Areas where construction was complicated by encroachments, such as bridges, were set aside for later construction. Nighttime partial lane-closures of Watt Avenue are expected in late July. The American River Bike Trail will remain open during construction, but some trail access-points near Watt Avenue may be intermittently restricted.

The Corps will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, May 23 at Arden-Dimick Public Library (891 Watt Ave.) between 6:00-8:00PM.

USACE News Release