When looking at Sacramento’s urban landscape a few notable landmarks stand out. The obvious would be the state capitol building cementing Sacramento as the Capital of California. Before viewing the state capital building there is a structure that has represented this city’s identity for over 76 years for many native Sacramento residents. The Tower Bridge stands as the gateway structure most recognizable for local motorists who travel from the city of West Sacramento into downtown Sacramento as well as for the boating enthusiasts throughout the delta region. It is recognized as a state and national historical landmark and is a reminder of this region’s survival during the years of the Great Depression (1929 – 1939)
The bridge’s appearance has changed over the last decade including a paint job in 2002 to a majestic gold color. Then in 2007 the cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento partnered with Caltrans to widen the sidewalks from three to 10 feet allowing for increased recreational activity and safety along the waterfront.
Recently, this bridge has gone through some changes including some maintenance work that required partial lane closures earlier this year. The work was part of a State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) project that repaired electrical wiring and replaced the original operating cables for the Tower Bridge. The prime contractor was California Engineering Contractors, Inc. from Pleasanton. The total cost to complete the work was about $670,000 and it’s amazing to see how much the cost of doing business has changed over the years. In 1933, the total cost to complete the construction of the bridge was $994,000. If the Tower Bridge were built in today’s market, it’s estimated those costs would be $50 to $60 million dollars.
A District 3 project to rebuild Interstate 80 through the Truckee River Canyon was among the projects chosen as winners in the 25th Annual Associated General Contractors of California’s (AGC) Constructor Awards program. The winning projects, along with all of the Constructor Awards finalists named in this year’s competition, were honored as the “best of the best” in California construction during the 2012 Awards Banquet and presentation at The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, on April 14, 2012.
The project, which reconstructed I-80 from Floriston the Nevada State line was one of two project teams that received received an “Excellence in Partnering” award from AGC of California in the “Projects Under $50 Million” category.
March 27, more than 28 vendors (pictured above) were matched up with more than 62 buyers, vendors and Cal-Card approvers from Caltrans, Yuba and Glenn Counties as District 3 hosted its annual Procurement Fair. The event, organized by D-3 Small Business Liaison Liza Whitmore, offered an opportunity to connect vendors with buyers in organized by D-3 Small Business Liaison Liza Whitmore, offered an opportunity to connect vendors with buyers in an ongoing effort to encourage purchases that help the Department increase the District’s percentage of purchases from small businesses and Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises (DVBE).
District 3 Receives Appreciation from the California Highway Patrol
On the morning of April 9, 2012, the Placerville Area California Highway Patrol handled a commercial vehicle collision involving both a hazardous materials spill and a loss of more than seven tons of sand onto U.S. Highway 50 near Riverside Tract. Your crew, supervised by Mr. Chris Brackmann, responded immediately. They did an exceptional job of working together with our on-scene incident commander, as well as with the El Dorado County Fire Department.
Your employees had already deployed moveable signs warning of the traffic collision even before most of our units were on scene. They quickly sized up the scene and deployed the appropriate resources to safely and efficiently alleviate both spills. They also assisted with long-term traffic control allowing, our resources to focus on the investigation. They were extremely professional and helped get the roadway cleared as quickly as possible, given the extent of the scene.
Their actions helped minimize not only the exposure of our units at the scene, but helped reduce the traffic congestion to the public and commerce. I want to personally commend Mr. Alex Netto, Mr. Alan Gregory, Mr. Dwight Droze, Mr. Steve Marker, and Maintenance Supervisor Mr. Chris Brackmann. Their professionalism and experience have not gone unnoticed and are greatly appreciated.
The Placerville Area CHP appreciahe professional partnership shared by Caltrans and our area CHP, and we look forward to working more with you in the future.
Editor’s note: Chris Brackmann and crew are stationed at the Kyburz Maintenance Station along U.S. Highway 50.
Cassandra Pitts was promoted to Associate Environmental Planner by North Region Environmental.
Ronald Guenther was hired as a Caltrans Transportation Surveyor by District 3 North Region Engineering.
Abe Hessabi passed the Land Surveyor in Training Exam